Democrats are never truthful about their real agenda. The so-called infrastructure legislation they’ve advanced is chock-full of government overreach — and Republicans were duped into accepting it.
The left disputed there was a direct link between the Democrat-sponsored $3.5 trillion budget resolution and the smaller bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, Breitbart reported. However, it’s now clear some Republicans were duped into voting for legislation that would open the door for Democrats’ further spending and overreach.
Some Republican Senators were comfortable with voting for the smaller, supposedly bipartisan bill on the premise that the two weren’t linked. It seemed more palatable with Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) insisting it wouldn’t help the Democrats’ bill pass.
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) also was adamant that the bipartisan bill had no part in the larger Democrat bill. “They’re not linked, it is going to increase our debt or else increase taxes, but in terms of our effort it shouldn’t have an impact,” Cassidy had said. Unfortunately for them, the power grab contained in the Democrats’ proposal hinged upon passing the bipartisan bill.
According to Section 4,010 in the budget resolution, the bipartisan legislation is essentially a blank check for House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth (D-KY) to do what he pleases. In all, 18 Republican Senators voted for this open invitation that Ted Cruz (R-TX) and others dubbed a “liberal wish list.”
18 Republicans joined with Dems, per @kristin__wilson.
Roy Blunt, Richard Burr, Bill Cassidy, Capito, Susan Collins, Cramer, John Hoeven, Mitch McConnell, Lisa Murkowski, Rob Portman,Jim Risch, Romney, Thom Tillis, Deb Fischer, John Cornyn, Roger Wicker, Dan Sullivan, Mike Crapo
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) August 9, 2021
In a joint statement, Cruz, Josh Hawley (R-MO), and Mike Lee (R-UT) said the U.S. “can’t spend money we don’t have. Period. Just look at what is happening with inflation.”
The lawmakers were worried that this wasn’t paid for or even scored by the Congressional Budget Office. “Let’s not forget, this is just the first step in the Democrats’ plan to pass their $5.5 trillion tax-and-spend liberal wish list,” it said.
While infrastructure is important, opening the door to every leftist whim is terrible for the country. The left can’t be trusted, and Republicans should have learned that lesson by now.