Louisiana GOP Sen. John Kennedy lambasted President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion-plus infrastructure and jobs bill on Monday, saying it contains “more red flags than the Chinese embassy” by spending hundreds of billions on unrelated things.
Kennedy’s colorful comments come ahead of a scheduled meeting at the White House between Biden and leaders of both parties as he urged Republicans to press the president on spending proposals that have nothing to do with traditional infrastructure.
The Louisiana Republican said GOP leaders should first ask what projects the massive spending bill actually funds. “You’re asking us to get in the van. Show us the candy first,” he said.
Secondly, Kennedy said that Biden should be asked to “stop the Niagara of lies” as well as his staff and be truthful about what the measure actually funds and does.
“We get it. We understand that a big part of your plan is the Green New Deal. So, we have a fundamental question, Mr. President. Before we spend another squillion dollars — I think the whole plan costs $2.3 trillion with a $1.7 trillion tax increase … before we do all that, tell us how much your Green New Deal is going to lower world temperature and over what period of time,” Kennedy added.
“I mean, that’s why we’re doing this, right? The climate activists and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, part of the U.N., says that we can only allow world temperatures to rise another one degree before we have an environmental apocalypse. That’s the theory behind all of this. OK, tell us how much your plan is going to lower world temperatures,” he said.
Kennedy added that GOP leaders also should ask the president how many jobs raising corporate income taxes are going to cost.
“When you tax something, you get less of it. Duh. Our companies compete with every other country in the world for business, given the fact we live in a global economy and capital is mobile,” Kennedy noted further.
“And any person who has even a casual relationship with the discipline of economics knows that corporations don’t pay taxes — people do. Workers pay them in lower wages, investors pay them in lower returns, we pay them in higher prices. Tell us how this is going to impact the American consumer. And let’s be honest with each other,” the GOP senator added.
Biden’s plan has been largely criticized by Republicans as spending far too little on actual infrastructure such as roads, bridges, rail, waterways, airports, and even broadband, though the bill does contain money for those.
On Sunday, Fox News host Chris Wallace chastised Biden’s Transportation secretary, Pete Buttigieg, for misleading Americans about the number of jobs that the plan is projected to create.
“You’re right, I should have been more precise. The 19 million jobs that will be created are more than the jobs that will be created if we don’t do the plan and, it’s very important to make this point,” Buttigieg said.
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