Appearing on Newsmax’s “National Report” on Tuesday, Rep. Bryan Steil (R-WI) called out the Democrats’ so-called “Inflation Reduction Act” as a “terrible bill” that will raise taxes and “clobber American families that are already struggling.”
“We’ve got to remember this is coming from the Democratic one-party rule that told us reckless spending wouldn’t cause inflation,” the Wisconsin Republican said. “Now what they want to do is double down on their reckless policy.”
As a result, “it’s going to force us into a recession,” Steil added. “The evidence continues to come out that these folks that want to redefine what a recession is now want to redefine what lowering inflation is. It’s the reason Democrats need to be taken out of power in November.”
Record high inflation and plummeting real wages have long been a recipe for a recession. Today’s negative GDP report makes clear what every American has felt for several months now, we are entering a recession, no matter how hard the Biden Administration tries to redefine it.
— Bryan Steil (@RepBryanSteil) July 28, 2022
In order for the Democrats to push the legislation through, they will have to gain the support of the two moderate Democrats in the Senate, Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), who were both holdouts on President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” legislation.
Manchin has since expressed his support for the Inflation Reduction Act, despite previously opposing the bill, after Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) promised the West Virginia Democrat pro-energy infrastructure legislation, and assured him that the Inflation Reduction Act “would dedicate hundreds of billions of dollars to deficit reduction by adopting a tax policy that protects small businesses and working-class Americans while ensuring that large corporations and the ultra-wealthy pay their fair share in taxes.”
Sinema has not yet indicated whether she would support or oppose the legislation.
Steil noted that he questions the wisdom of Republicans for placing their hope in just Manchin and Sinema.
“We’ve got to remember that both of these two Democrats were more than happy to spend $1.9 trillion at the start of the Biden administration,” he said. “That set the fire of inflation that we’re still suffering under, so I remain very concerned that at any moment, Sinema or Manchin may change their tune and may add more fuel to the fire, and we’re going to see that Democratic one-party control in Washington continues to recklessly spend money.”
Steil also called out the Democrats for not actually addressing the inflation crisis in a fiery rant on the floor of the House, pointing out that Congress is being sent home on vacation for a month while Americans are suffering.
Democrats would rather go on vacation than tackle inflation. pic.twitter.com/yGJtTnUajd
— Bryan Steil (@RepBryanSteil) July 29, 2022