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‘It’s a socialist takeover’: Scalice rips Dems for ‘dark of night’ passage of $1.75T bill

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House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) blasted President Biden over his $1.75 trillion “Build Back Better” legislation during a three-minute floor speech late Friday evening as he dissected the massive 2,300-plus page bill’s provisions that include amnesty for illegal aliens and a steep new tax on natural gas, among other things.

The Louisiana Republican sharply criticized Democrats as well for rushing the legislation to a vote ahead of a Congressional Budget Office scoring for reams of provisions that are unrelated to traditional “infrastructure” such as building roads and bridges, modernizing rail lines and airports, as well as expanding ports and improving waterways.

Among the measures is a mass amnesty for illegals, one to dramatically increase the size and scope of the Internal Revenue Service, and a natural gas tax that he says will lead to an increase in costs by as much as 30 percent, which will hit the lowest-earning Americans the hardest.

“I rise in strong opposition to the rule but specifically against this massive, multi-trillion-dollar tax and spend bill,” Scalise declared. “Of course we just got the text last night — over 2,300 pages. And as we’ve been combing through, I’d like to point out a few pieces in this bill.”

He first noted that the measure contains a new natural gas tax that is going to hit poorer families the hardest after Biden has repeatedly promised that no Americans earning under $400,000 a year would have to pay any additional taxes.

“President Biden promised that anyone who makes less than $400,000 a year won’t spend a dime — will not pay a dime in new taxes. … The only problem is he breaks the promise right here in the bill … A tax that, according to the American Gas Association, will increase household electricity rates by 30 percent,” Scalise noted.

In addition, the minority whip added, the measure contains an amnesty provision that comes following recent reports that the Biden administration is negotiating settlements with families separated at the border during former President Donald Trump’s administration in the amount of $450,000.

“Estimates are seven million more people. Can you imagine the flood that will come over when they hear that you can get a half a million dollars a person if President Biden gets his way?” Scalise asked.

Last week, Biden indicated under questioning from Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy that those payments would not take place.

“If you guys keep sending that garbage out? Yeah. But it’s not true,” Biden fired back following the initial report from The Wall Street Journal.

“So this is a garbage report?” Doocy asked in response.

“Yeah. $450,000 per person — is that what you’re saying?” Biden said. “That’s not gonna happen.”

But on Thursday, principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre countered that Biden is “perfectly comfortable” with making payments to illegal migrants.

“President Biden is calling these reports about the administration paying up to $450,000 to illegal immigrants who are separated from family members ‘garbage.’  He says it’s not going to happen. But the ACLU says that it is.  So, who is right?” Doocy asked.

“So, if it saves taxpayer dollars and puts the disastrous history of the previous administration’s use of zero tolerance and family separation behind us, the president is perfectly comfortable with the Department of Justice settling with the individuals and families who are currently in litigation with the U.S. government,” Jean-Pierre responded.

Continuing his floor speech, Scalise then pointed to a provision of the infrastructure bill — which passed with the help of 13 Republicans — that also provides funding for 87,000 new IRS agents.

“It’s an army of IRS agents that are going to comb through your bank account. They’re going to be combing through your bank account, and why?” said Scalise. “Because they’ve got to generate hundreds of billions of dollars to spend on more inflation-inducing spending.”

He also pushed back on Biden’s and the administration’s claims that the measure would cost “zero” dollars, noting that its true cost is closer to $5.5 trillion, based on a new analysis.

“According to this Penn Wharton account, you’re going to have over $4 trillion of spending with one and a half-trillion dollars of new taxes,” said Scalise. “By the way, that’s two and a half trillion of additional debt even though the president says there’s no cost. No cost, just two and a half trillion of debt.”

He ended his speech asking Democrats why they were rushing to pass the bill in the “dark of night.”

“But these IRS agents are gonna have to account for over $200 billion to find money from your checking accounts. That’s what they’re trying to do at dark of night,” he said.

“We started the morning at 8 a.m. We’re here after 9 p.m. starting to get into the details of this bill. No wonder they don’t want a CBO score. No wonder they want to do this by dark of night.”

“This is going to induce more inflation that’s hurting families all across America,” he added.

Jon Dougherty

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