Republican sellouts are giving the Democrats exactly what they were looking for.
There’s no excuse for what they did.
These eighteen Republican traitors gave Chuck Schumer an awful victory.
Eighteen Republicans have given in and are giving Democrats the votes they need to advance their “infrastructure” bill.
The bill has not yet been written despite months of negotiations but that didn’t stop 17 of them voting Wednesday night to invoke cloture while another indicated he would.
H.R. 3684 will cost the American taxpayers $1.2 trillion, amid inflation that has raised the Consumer Price Index, by 5.3% since June 2020.
The Senate Republicans who voted for the Democrat $1.2 trillion bill are:
- Roy Blunt (R-MO)
- Richard Burr (R-NC)
- Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)
- Bill Cassidy (R-LA)
- Mike Crapo (R-ID)
- Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
- Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
- Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
- Rob Portman (R-OH)
- Jim Risch (R-ID)
- Mitt Romney (R-UT)
- Thom Tillis (R-NC)
- Todd Young (R-IN)
- Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
- John Hoeven (R-ND)
- Kevin Cramer (R-ND)
- Susan Collins (R-ME)
Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) was not present for the vote but said that he would vote yes in support of the legislation.
President Joe Biden was incredibly pleased with the bill that’s been put together.
“This deal makes key investments to put people to work all across the country — in cities, small towns, rural communities, and across our coastlines and plains,” Biden said.
“It will put Americans to work in good-paying, union jobs repairing our roads and bridges. It will put plumbers and pipefitters to work replacing all of the nation’s lead water pipes so every child and every American can turn on the faucet at home or school and drink clean water — including in low-income communities and communities of color that have been disproportionally affected by dangerous lead pipes.”
Biden then claimed that the bill could be passed without raising taxes on anyone making less than $400,000 a year.as
But as Moody’s Investors Service vice president William Foster explained to CNBC: “Inflation is a tax. That’s the best way to think about it.”
While wages increased 3.6% between June 2020 and July 2021 but inflation has risen by 5.3% since June 2020.
This means that “real average hourly earnings” have diminished by 1.7% over the past year even with the economic recovery.
Biden has dismissed inflation concerns:
“We also know that as our economy has come roaring back, we’ve seen some price increases. Some folks have raised worries that this could be a sign of persistent inflation. But that’s not our view. Our experts believe and the data shows that most of the price increases we’ve seen are — were expected and expected to be temporary.”
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