GOP Sen. Josh Hawley urged his party’s lawmakers to pick up some bill-advancing strategies from his Democratic rivals.
After the Democrats were successful in passing the Inflation Reduction Act in a 50-50 vote with Vice President Kamala Harris acting as the decider, Hawley made his remarks.
“This one’s for the Democrats. They enacted significant(ly) (bad) legislation with a 50/50 Senate and a notoriously incompetent leader. The GOP can learn something from this.”
“They best be prepared to battle if they win back Congress,” Hawley stated in a statement on August 8.
Despite having opposed the Inflation Reduction Act, Hawley was among the seven Republicans who joined the 50 Democrats in voting to keep the price of insulin capped at $35 per month.
Nevertheless, the insulin clause was ultimately dropped because it lacked the necessary 60 votes to pass; it lacked only three.
KENNEDY: "It’s a special kind of stupid to raise taxes during both a recession and inflation—that’s called stagflation, which is what we have right now as a result of President Biden’s policies." https://t.co/FCkbKAWiGe
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) August 9, 2022
The Inflation Reduction Act, among its many other features, increases the minimum corporation tax rate to 15%, maintains the Affordable Care Act’s subsidies, and gives money for tax breaks and expenditures connected to climate change.
Republicans did not support the measure in the Senate.
Their main objection was to its tax elements. Mitch McConnell, the Minority Leader in the Senate, blasted Democrats for “robbing American people once via inflation” and now using the law to steal from them twice.
In a tweet on August 6, McConnell stated “Americans want Washington to solve inflation, criminality, and the border—not another irresponsible leftist taxing and spending binge.”
The Inflation Reduction Act’s success, according to Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, will cost Democrats greatly in the midterms in November.
The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, enacted in 2021, has been referred to as a “catastrophe” for American citizens, according to Sen. Lindsey Graham, a senior member of the Senate Budget Committee.
Unemployment was 2.6 percent at the time; it is currently 9.1 percent.
They call it the Inflation Reduction Act. I think they should call it the Election Seduction Act #TheFive pic.twitter.com/bgOCoQI83b
— Jeanine Pirro (@JudgeJeanine) August 8, 2022
Elon Musk questioned the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) $80 billion spending increase, which is a component of an economic package endorsed by Democrats and approved by the Senate on August 7.
According to a remark Musk made via Twitter on Monday in reaction to a story by the Washington Free Beacon, “This would seem high.”
According to the conservative media organization, the tax department would have more officials working for it under the new legislation than the Army, the State Department, the FBI, Customs, and U.S. Border Patrol put together.
The Price Control Act of 2022, which grants the IRS access to $79.6 billion through fiscal year 2031 and permits the hiring of up to 87,000 new agents, was enacted by the Democrat-controlled House the day before he made his statements.
The move may more than quadruple the agency’s employees in an effort to enhance taxpayer audits and boost federal tax collection.