WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans are going on the offensive against President Biden’s proposed $3.5 trillion spending plan in both chambers on Capitol Hill.
Sen. Todd Young (R-IN) spoke before the Senate on Tuesday outlining the GOP opposition to the bill. He told lawmakers that the bill is an effort by Democrats to double down on “efforts to steer America towards Democratic socialist policies.”
“From job-killing corporate tax hikes to small business money grabs and hidden tax increases on the middle class, the Democrats’ plan will punish job creators and workers,” Young said. “Republicans have stood up to socialism again and again. And we must continue to do so by opposing this reckless tax-and-spending boondoggle.”
The bill also focuses on spending to curb climate change.
“(The bill) simply makes no sense when gas prices have jumped 40 percent since January, directly harming middle-income Americans who can’t afford a cent more,” Young said. “Punishing oil and natural gas producers while propping up renewables, many of which have materials directly sourced from Communist China, will have disastrous, wide-reaching effects.”
The bill has been picked apart and dissected over the last week in order to get a better understanding of it by both parties. Democrats have been trying to push the bill through Congress without Republican support through the budget reconciliation process.
This means the bill is exempt from the Senate filibuster requiring 60 votes to advance. The Senate parliamentarian said this week that some parts of the bill do not qualify for budget reconciliation, such as a provision on immigration that would create a pathway to citizenship for thousands of illegal immigrants.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Tuesday that lawmakers should expect “adjustments” to be made to the bill in order to meet the Senate’s constraints on the budget process.
“I have promised that we would not have House members vote for a bill with a higher topline than would be passed by the Senate. Hopefully, that will be at the $3.5 trillion number,” said Pelosi “We must be prepared for adjustments according to the Byrd rule and an agreed-to number.”
Democrats are also dealing with a lack of enough support to go it alone on the bill. Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema have said they will not vote for the bill as it stands now.