Sen. Tuberville Says GOP Will Keep ‘Fingers Crossed’ as Dems Debate Spending Bill

Appearing on Newsmax’s “Spicer & Co.” on Monday, Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) discussed Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) decision to strike a deal with the rest of his party, agreeing to sign on to the disastrous “Inflation Reduction Act” despite his prior opposition to the legislation.

All Republicans can do is “keep our fingers crossed,” Tuberville said, as the moderate West Virginia Democrat has struck a deal with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and the Democrats have begun to sort out their differences over the bill.

“That’s pretty much all we can do,” the Alabama Republican said. “We thought we had this stopped. Manchin… he did one great thing, not just for our country but for our world when he blocked the so-called filibuster from happening back about six months ago, and that would have been a huge disaster.”

“But it looks like they’ve just pretty much just talked him into something that I don’t know whether he even believes in it, because you know he’s from an energy state,” Tuberville added, noting that Manchin is “the chairman of the Energy Committee here in the Senate.”

While Manchin previously sided with Republicans in opposing the bill, he recently was persuaded by his fellow Democrats, who promised him pro-energy infrastructure legislation in exchange for his support.

The bill, which Democrats have titled “The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022,” has been called out by Republicans as just another attempt to pass President Joe Biden’s already failed “Build Back Better” agenda. The legislation would reportedly raise $739 billion in revenue over 10 years, most of which would come from a 15% corporate minimum tax that Biden has pushed since taking office.

“Inflation is rampant,” Tuberville stated. “I was in Alabama this weekend, and you know, we talk about 9%, 10%, 15% inflation? We’re talking about 25%-30% inflation on most items — groceries, rent, energy, anything that people really have to use, inflation just out the roof.”

The real pain for consumers, the GOP senator noted, will be the added 15% tax on manufacturing.

“President Trump had ’em moving back to the country, now [Democrats are] trying to run them back overseas,” Tuberville said. “That’s exactly what’ll happen and it’s just the exact opposite of what we need to do.”

The Alabama Republican went on to praise Biden for finally taking some action allowing more oil production, but questioned other measures.

“What about the 80,000 IRS agents that they’re going to hire?” Tuberville asked. “They’re going to have one for every Republican in this country if they keep on with this scenario.”

Manchin’s decision to sign on to the Democrats’ legislation also came after he obtained assurances from Schumer that the bill “would dedicate hundreds of billions of dollars to deficit reduction by adopting a tax policy that protects small businesses and working-class Americans while ensuring that large corporations and the ultra-wealthy pay their fair share in taxes.”

Despite Manchin’s decision to join his party in voting on the bill, it is not guaranteed to pass, as they have not yet guaranteed the support of Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). The Arizona Democrat, who is also considered to be a more moderate member of the party, has not yet indicated how she intends to vote on the legislation.

“This will be a fight this week,” Tuberville noted. “But we’ll just sit back and watch the Democrats fight amongst each other because we have no say so. It’s only a 50-vote count.”