Senior GOP House officials want the American public to know that the White House will “ruin Christmas” if the supply chain crisis is not immediately resolved.
In an internal memo to members of the Republican Study Board, the chairman, Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ohio, said he wanted to make sure his party explains why the giving season might be rare this year.
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“Our job as Republicans is to explain to the American people what the grumpy people at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave did to ruin Christmas,” Banks wrote in the memo obtained by Fox News.
The congressman highlighted four reasons he believes the current supply chain crisis plaguing U.S. production is the fault of the Biden administration.
Banks joined with their GOP colleagues in attributing regulations related to the pandemic to employment capacities and disrupted supply chains.
“Paying people to stay home, vaccination warrants and other COVID restrictions have kept individuals from re-entering the workforce,” the memo reads.
The Ohio Republican said policies such as continued unemployment funding in President Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion COVID relief program meant 4.3 million Americans had yet to re-enter the country. labor market.
He argued that this policy directly resulted in the roughly 1.8 million Americans who admitted to turning down job offers and instead chose to rely on federal unemployment benefits.
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The banks have also argued that Biden’s environmental policies, like the closure of the Keystone XL pipeline and the suspension of drilling licenses, have contributed to the rise in gas prices – although he noted that since early 2020 “US oil production fell 1.5 million barrels a day.”
The congressman then said the rapid rate of inflation had prompted consumers to spend at an increased rate, further exacerbating the supply chain crisis.
“Consumers don’t want to sit on money that is devalued daily, so they are eager to spend it,” he said, noting that “retail sales rose 13.9% in September compared to the previous year “.
Finally, Banks said that the “artificial” increase in demand is the result of a “dysfunctional economy” and pointed out that the continued dependence of the United States on China was an obstacle in the fight against crisis.
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“We still depend on Chinese manufacturing, so when the power goes out in China, Christmas is canceled in America,” he told lawmakers, adding that it was their “duty” to explain the role of Biden in the supply chain crisis.
“It is only when the current administration feels the searing pain of tanking public opinion that it will be encouraged to abandon its far left and economically devastating program,” he concluded.
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