Senator John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Argued in an exclusive interview with “Sunday Morning Futures” that the price of the huge spending bill will be “much higher” than Democrats admit “to a moment when we can simply “not afford it.”
Barrasso made the comments two days after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Said the massive multibillion-dollar spending bill Democrats aim to pass without any Republican backing should also tackle immigration reform.
“I think immigration should be in reconciliation, part of that, in reconciliation,” Pelosi told reporters Friday at a press conference with Democratic House leaders. “We know we have a very good record for this to be included.”
Democrats are pushing to include a pathway to citizenship for so-called Dreamer immigrants who were brought to the United States as children and who are protected from deportation under the Deferred Action for Children program. arrivals of children (DACA), as well as for holders of temporary protection status (TPS). , essential workers and agricultural workers.
The provisions would be part of an estimated $ 3.5 trillion bill that Democrats are still negotiating. While the details of the legislation are still unclear, it is widely expected to invest billions in a range of planned health, education, environment and social programs as Democrats seek to use the procedural tool known as budget reconciliation to bypass a 60-vote obstruction by Republicans in the Senate.
The measure would be paid for by higher taxes on wealthy Americans and businesses.
Barrasso on Sunday blasted “liberal policies,” including amnesty for illegal immigrants, and expressed concern over “this massive spending bill,” which he called a “liberal wish list.” .
“This is the biggest spending bill in US history,” he said, warning that “if this passes, people are going to suffer tremendously.”
“They are going to feel the heavy tax burden, the ongoing inflation problems and the debt,” he said, adding that it will “eat away at people’s paychecks” and savings.
He pointed out that people are already paying more for things like housing and gasoline, noting that “spending on top of the $ 6 trillion already spent on coronavirus relief” will do even more financial damage.
The Department of Labor said last month that consumer prices in the United States rose in June at the fastest rate since August 2008.
According to the department, the consumer price index rose 0.9% in June, faster than the 0.6% increase in May. Analysts polled by Refinitiv had expected a gain of 0.5%.
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Used car prices climbed 10.5% in June, accounting for more than a third of the increase. In addition, energy prices rose 1.5% month over month and food prices increased 0.8%.
The Labor Department also said prices were up 5.4% year-over-year, with an upward trend every month this year. Analysts polled by Refinitiv had expected prices to rise 4.9% annually.
The annual data show a “basis effects” bias due to the drop in prices that occurred at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Barrasso on Sunday highlighted the warning from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer that Democrats could work until August to pass both a bipartisan infrastructure package and a separate reconciliation bill. which would significantly expand the government funded safety net.
He then told host Maria Bartiromo on Sunday that he was “ready to stay in Washington until hell freezes over if I can stop these bad things from happening in our country.”
Barrasso stressed that to handcuff the infrastructure bill with the “spending monstrosity” is “irresponsible taxes and spending.”
He criticized Pelosi for saying the House of Representatives would not vote on the bipartisan infrastructure package until the Senate passed the separate $ 3.5 trillion package.
“It wasn’t a negotiation with Nancy Pelosi,” Barrasso told Bartiromo. “It was a hijacking and it would be terrible for the country [and] for the economy. ”
“He’s not just a hijacker, he’s also an arsonist because it puts extra kerosene on the flames of inflation,” he continued.
He added that “the people who are going to suffer are people living on a fixed income, they are the elderly, people who receive a paycheck.”
“All Americans are going to pay for this with inflation [and] through taxes, ”said Barrasso.
A spokesperson for Pelosi did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
“Joe Biden says we’re only going to raise taxes on businesses and people who make a lot of money,” Barrasso said. “You can’t fund something so expensive without everyone in America being affected.”
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A White House spokesperson did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
Jonathan Garber and Megan Henney of FOX Business contributed to this report.
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