America received another stark reminder on Saturday that elections have consequences as the U.S. Senate, with all Republicans voting no, moved forward on the oddly, if not preposterously, named Inflation Reduction Act.
“The Senate voted 51 to 50 to proceed to the 755-page bill, after Vice President Kamala Harris arrived at the Capitol to cast the tie-breaking vote. The vote puts the bill on a trajectory to pass the Senate sometime Sunday, barring an unexpected setback, such as the sudden absence of a Democratic senator,” The Hill reported.
Lockdown-loving Democrats have allegedly abandoned COVID protocols in favor of “don’t test, don’t tell” to prevent the aforementioned sudden absence, however, in their rush to enact the bill and then leave town.
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Former inflation hawk Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat, enabled the legislation to advance. “[Senate Majority Leader Chuck] Schumer and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who negotiated the bill, say it will shrink the deficit by more than $300 billion over ten years,” The Hill added.
According to left-wing Pro Publica, political deal-making may have been in play: “To accommodate the West Virginia senator, Democratic leadership agreed to legislation streamlining permits for the often-stalled Mountain Valley Pipeline and removing jurisdiction from a court that keeps ruling against the project…In essence, the Democratic leadership accepted a 303-mile, two-state pipeline fostering continued use of fossil fuels in exchange for cleaner energy and reduced greenhouse emissions nationwide.”
Apart from the outcome of the 2020 presidential contest, recall that the Georgia GOP failed to tighten up lax voting procedures prior to the January runoffs, thus handing two U.S. Senate seats to the Democrats.
Under the reconciliation parliamentary process, the bill can pass on a straight party-line vote without meeting the 60-vote threshold required of most legislation in the chamber.
Expose Democrats’ extremism before the whole nation and don’t stop until their woke lunacy has been laid bare for all to see.
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“‘Democrats have already robbed American families once through inflation, and now their solution is to rob American families a second time,’ Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky argued. He said spending and tax increases in the legislation would eliminate jobs while having insignificant impact on inflation and climate change,” CBS News reported.
Added the news outlet: “Nonpartisan analysts have said Democrats’ ‘Inflation Reduction Act’ would have a minor effect on surging consumer prices. The bill is barely more than one-tenth the size of Biden’s initial 10-year, $3.5 trillion rainbow of progressive aspirations…”
U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) also obtained a concession to benefit Wall Street in exchange for her vote.
“Sinema forced Democrats to drop a plan to prevent wealthy hedge fund managers from paying less than individual income tax rates for their earnings,” CBS noted.
On Twitter, McConnell blasted the legislation: “Democrats want to raise families’ electricity, gas, and heating bills so they can send rich people rebates for buying $80,000 electric cars. New taxes on American oil and gas. Costly virtue signaling with no meaningful emissions impact as China keeps emitting more and more…There is no working family in America whose top priorities are doubling the size of the IRS and giving rich people money to buy $80,000 electric cars. Americans want Washington to address inflation, crime, and the border — not another reckless liberal taxing and spending spree.”
President Biden claims that the legislation will lower Americans’ energy bills “by the hundreds.”
According to nationally syndicated columnist David Harsanyi, however, “The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 is crammed with the very same spending, corporate welfare, price fixing and tax hikes that were part of Build Back Better — long-desired progressive wish-list agenda items. Pumping hundreds of billions into the economy will do nothing to alleviate inflation. The opposite.”
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