House Republican whip argues spending bill would be a ‘kick in the stomach for middle-class families’
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise told “Sunday Morning Futures” that Democrats are “holding the infrastructure package hostage” for the reconciliation bill and argued that adding the two would “devastate America’s economy.”
President Biden told reporters on Saturday that “everyone is disappointed” after two massive legislation stalled in Congress as well as a debt ceiling increase amid a divided Democratic caucus.
Biden spoke to reporters on his way to Delaware for the weekend, when left-wing Democrats moved to pass a bipartisan $1 trillion infrastructure bill if it were to consider a $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill packed with leftist priorities. Voted before. social spending and climate change significant tax increase For rich Americans.
The latter bill would have been advanced using the budget reconciliation process, meaning it would have required only 50 votes in the Senate, and therefore avoided a Republican filibuster. However, it would require each of the 50 Senate Democrats to be on the board.
That unity came into doubt this week because of objections to the skyrocketing price of liberal Democrats, including Sen. Kirsten Cinemas, D-Ariz., and Joe Manchin, DW. VA, who are seeking to bring down the price. Without their support, the legislation is likely to be dead when it comes to the Senate, as the bill is not designed to garner Republican support.
But progressive Democrats refused to back the infrastructure bill unless a colossal reconciliation package was agreed, meaning there would be no votes to pass the House.
Scalise, hosting Maria Bartiromo, insists the two are being combined as “a multitrillion-dollar package”.
“Even if they get this so-called settlement, a $1.5 trillion bill, it will devastate America’s economy and really be a kick out for middle class families,” he continued.
In a letter on Saturday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told Democrats she wants the infrastructure bill to be passed before the end of October.
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“After a significant 30-day extension passed last night, October 31 is the Surface Transport Authority’s deadline. We must pass [Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework] Before – the sooner the better, to get a job there,” she said.
On Sunday, Scallis pointed to the irony of the October 31 deadline, saying that Pelosi is “saying that the next vote on this package is going to happen on Halloween.”
“It must be scary for every family in America because it will increase the taxes that every family will pay, not just the wealthy,” he told Bartiromo.
“It will kill millions of jobs. It will make us less competitive. It will be a gift to countries like China.”
“But they [Democrats are] Tying all that up and tying the infrastructure package hostage to this bill that ties directly together,” he continued.
He then insisted that the policies outlined in the package would have a devastating impact on lower and middle class families.
Scalise provided an example, saying the package included a “tax on natural gas.”
“We know that they [Democrats] Hate fossil fuels, although they fly in private jets, they certainly drive in gasoline-powered cars, but they don’t want you,” he said.
Skellis then noted that “probably half the households in America refuel their homes” and that if it’s a cold winter or a hot summer, “it’s going to cost you 14% more on your electric bill.”
“that do will actually affect the lowest income earners the most.”
He said Republicans tried to remove it from the package, but Democrats “didn’t want to take it out because they wanted to spend all that money on big-government socialism.”
Granthshala News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report.