Republican leaders allege that Democratic policies were behind the price hike.
House Democrats have been cautiously optimistic in recent months, commenting on rising inflation, which Republicans say is a result of the party’s policy agenda.
At the end of November, the problem seems to be getting worse with growing concerns over the impact of the Omicron variant on the market. Last week, data from the Personal Consumption Expenditure Price Index showed prices rose 5% in the year through October. This was the fastest rate seen in more than three decades.
“Inflation is problematic right now, but not out of control as far as economists across our country have indicated,” Rep. Tom O’Halleran, D-Ariz., said During a telephone town hall in October. “Hopefully we will get out of this within the next half year.”
Rep. Sean Castane, D-Ill., similar said In August that “every economist we’ve talked to, including Chairman Powell … has basically said very consistently”. [t]The inflation that we are seeing in the economy right now is passing, fleeting and manageable.” He cited Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, who said in June that the price hike was temporary.
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Although the future of inflation is unclear, it will play a major role in Republican attacks in the coming months.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said earlier this month that “Democrats’ inflation crisis has gotten so bad that Washington Democrats have stopped trying to pretend it’s just fleeting and are starting to accept that it’s up to them to fix it.” “
“The same Democrats who spent months denying that inflation was a permanent problem, the last people in America to wake up to this reality, are now convinced they are the people to fix it. But their supposed solutions are the same absurd Policies helped dig this hole.”
Earlier this year, several Democrats told constituents that inflation was rising as a result of coronavirus spending, but that would not necessarily become a long-term problem. Rep. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, was more dismissive, saying that a constituent’s inflation concerns were the result of a false advertisement.
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“Our economy is on a great track right now,” she said. “I’m assuming you’re talking about a lot of false ads that are out there.”
More recently, Chief Deputy Whip Dan Kildy, D-Ill., accepted The American rescue plan had contributed to inflation.
Last week, House Democrats approved a massive spending package — “Build Back Better” — with the stated aim of boosting the economy.
According to Moody’s, the timing of the bill’s spending can help curb short-term inflation. William Foster, Moody’s vice president and senior credit officer, reportedly said: “The timing is really important – that money will only start flowing into the economy, probably at the end of next year and further into 2023.”
He couple: “We think inflation will ease by the middle of next year. By then, the supply-chain issues will be sorted out on their own.”
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Rep. Sean Maloney, D.Y. has expressed concerns about inflation but recently told Granthshala Business that the Build Back Better Act would help drive down prices. Maloney is the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and is allegedly a Among the main goals of the GOP in 2022.
“House Democrats are doing everything in our power to reduce costs for America’s working families,” he said in a statement Friday.
“The Build Back Better Act will reduce costs on everything from prescription drug prices to child and senior care … from strategic petroleum reserves. We will continue to use every tool available to reduce costs for the American people.” “
In a statement to Granthshala Business, Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., similarly outlined the Democrats’ agenda as a way to counter rising prices.
“The best way to fight inflation and lower costs is to grow the economy and put money back in the pockets of working Americans,” he said. “House Democrats’ economic plan is focused solely on creating jobs, raising wages, and easing the burden of everyday costs such as medicines, health care, child care and other things that add to household expenses.”
But House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has sounded the alarm over Democrats’ interest in additional spending.
“Americans see it with their own eyes: Ships are parked at our ports, shelves are empty in stores, and heating and gas prices keep rising. All these problems put a direct strain on American households’ pocketbooks,” He said earlier this month.
“Meanwhile, President Biden and Speaker Pelosi are focused only on spending the trillions of dollars — on top of the extraordinary $2.3 trillion Washington Democrats already enacted this year — that will inevitably make each of these crises worse.” will give.”
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Moving into the campaign season, Democrats may face additional questions about the Federal Reserve, which has indicated it could raise interest rates if inflation doesn’t slow. Despite this, voters are already reportedly expressing unprecedented concern over the issue.
Gallup said last week that 26% of Americans cited economic concerns as the nation’s top problem. Specified inflation of only 7% but this was the highest percentage since April 2001, according to Gallup’s numbers,
Rep. Kim Shrier, D-Wash., suggested in september that the price increase may be behind the increase.
“Price rises are being driven by things like cars because of microchips, gasoline, of course why, possibly gouging and housing… I’m keeping a close eye on this as we talk about inflation. Well, the Fed is keeping a close eye on this,” he said.
“We want to make sure that customers are not being bullied, and these are really supply and demand issues. And also that the Fed assures us, all of us, they have ways to slow and stop inflation. There are tools for that.”
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Representative Abigail Spanberger, D-VA, also pointed to economic analyzes indicating that inflation was only short-lived.
“As I am following the situation closely, across the board, economists are anticipating that we will see some evening,” Spanberger said in August, “That’s what I see and see.”