Democrats were riding high after their electoral win in the 2020 presidential election. However, down-ballot vulnerabilities are already beginning to emerge.
The GOP is using opposition to a behemoth infrastructure bill to take aim at three Democrats in swing districts — jeopardizing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) razor-thun majority, the Washington Examiner reported. Republicans aligned with the American Action Network to run ads against those members of the House of Representatives who support a proposed $547 billion infrastructure legislation.
The lawmakers being targeted are Maine Rep. Jared Golden, Iowa Rep. Cindy Axne, and Wisconsin Rep. Ron Kind. Each is in a district that the GOP thinks can be flipped by the unpopularity of this new legislation they’re supporting that’s similar to one proposed by President Joe Biden.
Biden had unveiled his American Jobs Plan that included a tax hike for certain earners to pay for an “infrastructure” bill. The whopping $2 trillion for the plan would only spend about 6% of that take on actual infrastructure, according to Fox News.
The president’s plan was unpopular because of this and the House plan does not include a tax hike and comes with a lower $547 billion price tag. However, it has kept some elements from Biden’s plan, making it an easy tie to the president.
Republicans are banking on the unpopularity of this legislation and are hanging it around House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s neck. “This is just the first step of our efforts to ensure Americans understand the disastrous consequences Pelosi’s plan would bear for families, small businesses and our economic recovery,” American Action Network president Dan Conston said in a statement.
The non-profit organization is currently running a commercial that will be shown nationwide, though they’re only targeting those three lawmakers for now. The spot is simple but will likely be effective as it features a business owner walking through his facility, explaining what the infrastructure proposal will do to small businesses like his and the economy at large.
These huge spending plans are unpopular because they often include ridiculous amounts of pork at a hefty price tag. However, whether it is billions or trillions, the American economy can’t afford more frivolous spending, especially coming off the downturn from the global coronavirus pandemic.