U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding Democrats’ reckless tax and spending spree:
“Why do our Democratic colleagues want to shortchange our national defense? To free up their time and attention for another massive, reckless taxing and spending spree. A radical wish list that would hurt American families and help China.
“Working families are already getting slammed by runaway costs because Democrats’ last massive spending spree drove up inflation. Gas prices are up almost 50%, used car prices are up more than 25%, and grocery prices across practically every category are up significantly over this time last year.
“But in response, Washington Democrats want to print, borrow, and spend trillions more. Even if you accept all their budget gimmicks at face value, this bill alone would unleash $800 billion in not-paid-for spending in the next five years.
“Years five through ten are when their crushing tax hikes and phony accounting would kick in. But even then, the bill is not paid for. President Biden promised Americans over and over that this legislation would cost zero dollars.
“But that’s false.
“The Congressional Budget Office says that after 10 years, after their tax hikes and fake offsets are factored in, their spree would still add $367 billion to the deficit.
“President Biden said the deficit impact would be zero. In reality, it is hundreds and hundreds of billions of dollars.
“President Biden promised Americans something else, too: He said he would never raise taxes on the middle class. People earning less than $400,000 per year were not to pay a penny more.
“He has completely broken this promise as well. Among the $1.5 trillion in job-killing tax increases are new burdens for small businesses, family farms, and direct hikes on middle-class families earning less than six figures.
“Meanwhile, amazingly, Democrats did find room in their plan to include $300 billion in tax cuts for the wealthiest blue-state zip codes in New York and California. Our colleagues want to pretend they’re launching another New Deal, yet one of the biggest components is a direct cash giveaway to their richest constituents.
“So the cost of this spending spree would be astronomical. And the massive tax hikes that would only partly pay for it would crush our fragile economy.
“But what about the content of this liberal wish list?
“If Democrats get to steal the American people’s credit card for this historic spending spree, what would our citizens even get to unwrap?
“There’d be massive government giveaways to supposedly ‘green’ initiatives, giving rise to a whole new generation of waste and abuse like Solyndra.
“There’d be a gigantic slush fund so that HHS Secretary Becerra, the culture warrior who sued Catholic nuns, could take over daycare and pre-kindergarten across America. He’d be in charge of subsidizing certain kinds of private family choices but not others, and tilting the playing field against faith-based childcare.
“There’d be a continuation of inflationary welfare payments that Washington is sending out with zero work requirements whatsoever. And illegal immigrants would get the money too.
“Oh, and as we speak, Senate Democrats are still trying desperately behind the scenes to get sweeping amnesty included in this bill as well.
“It goes on and on like this, Madam President. A hodge-podge catalog that is built to satisfy the demands of activists, not the needs of families.
“If you ask any working-class or middle-class American family for their top concerns, you aren’t going to hear many people pining for massive tax hikes, electric car charging stations, and woke bureaucrats getting control of their kids’ early childhoods.
“My colleagues across the aisle seem determined to spend the weeks ahead on ways to waste Americans’ money while making Americans’ problems even worse.
“Let’s hope enough of our Democratic colleagues step back, take stock, do the responsible thing… and kill this bill.”