Democrats Break Their Words With Vote For Reconciliation Bill

Several House Democrats have said they will vote no on a budget deal if it does not fulfill specific budgetary criteria. Even though those conditions were not satisfied, they voted for the bill regardless.

In September, Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-California) stated that President Joe Biden’s $1.75 trillion infrastructure program was “far too expensive” for him to endorse. Schrader said he is “happy” to have passed the bill less than two months later.

Reps. Elissa Slotkin, Henry Cuellar, and Tim Murphy had stated that they would not support the bill unless it were “completely paid for.” However, once the CBO concluded that it would raise the federal budget deficit by $160 billion, all three Democrats voted to approve it. According to a November Trafalgar poll, 52 percent of likely voters believe the bill will “harm America’s economic recovery,” while only 38 percent believe it will assist.

According to an anti-tax group, Democratic Rep. Stephanie Murphy of Florida voted to raise taxes on middle-class people. The votes, according to Republican groups, will affect Democrats in next year’s midterm elections. Murphy “broke her word to her people,” according to an American Action Network spokesman.

Moreover, Requests for comment from Schrader, Slotkin, and Murphy were not returned. Cuellar spokesperson Dana Youngentob told the Washington Free Beacon about a tweet from November and two subsequent remarks from Cuellar that laid the plan but didn’t include the CBO’s evaluation.

According to two independent groups’ calculations, the Senate version would add $275 billion to the US debt while the House version would add $200 billion. The House of Representatives has passed a $1.3 trillion tax reduction for the wealthiest and more IRS money. However, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that the law will add $207 billion to the deficit.