Over the weekend, the Inflation Reduction Act passed in the Senate. Every single Democratic senator voted for it, while every GOP senator opposed it. To move the bill along, Vice President Kamala Harris cast the tie-breaking vote in favor of the Democrats.
Now, the spending bill is on its way to the House of Representatives. Its final destination will be the desk of Joe Biden, who’s already confirmed he’ll sign it into law immediately.
This isn’t the first time that Democrats have forced legislation through Congress and into law without a single GOP vote. This happened back in 2021 with the American Rescue Plan.
However, Republicans are warning there will be consequences for how Democrats went about getting the Inflation Reduction Act passed.
A Public Service Announcement to Democrats
Multiple Republican officials, including RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, warned Democrats’ happiness about ramming through the Inflation Reduction Act won’t last very long.
The GOP forewarned that Americans will remember Democrats’ votes to increase taxes and federal spending (amid a recession) when it’s time to vote in the November midterms.
Sooo… Just to review: the Inflation Reduction Act, "reduces inflation" by printing billions of dollars, increasing taxes on the middle class… then giving that money to corporations and special interest groups who pretend they have the power to control the weather… got it.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) August 8, 2022
Republicans furthermore condemned Democrats for beefing up the IRS with thousands of new agents that greatly outnumber billionaires in America.
GOP officials pointed out that in doing this, Democrats are giving the IRS what it needs to go after small businesses and low-to-middle income Americans, not the rich and powerful.
Democrats, meanwhile, continue to insist this bill will lower costs, advance “clean energy,” and give the middle class a leg up.
More Gripes From Republicans
In addition to slamming the Inflation Reduction Act itself, Republicans also criticized Democrats for shutting down various amendments.
McConnell, in a public statement, noted that GOP lawmakers proposed amendments to the bill that would have truly tackled crime, inflation, and immigration problems. However, none of these amendments made it to the bill passed in the Senate.
Democrats have proven over and over they simply do not care about middle-class families’ priorities. Only 18% of Americans are happy with this Democrat-run economy.
And they just spent hundreds of billions of dollars more of your money to prove it yet again. My full statement: pic.twitter.com/uWA8VCbq7i
— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) August 7, 2022
Republicans are holding nothing back in warning about the ways people’s lives will get worse once the Inflation Reduction Act becomes law.
On top of this, GOP members are driving home the importance of Americans voting red in November to shift the balance of power in Congress.