Congresswoman-elect Mary Peltola will be sworn in on the House of Representative floor at 2:30 pm Alaska time on Tuesday.
Also on Tuesday, she accepted an invitation to the White House to a celebration with President Joe Biden of the massive “Inflation Reduction Act” spending bill that will add tens of thousands of IRS agents to the federal payroll.
The Inflation Reduction Act raises taxes on some corporations, fulfills many promises of the Green New Deal, and Democrat supporters say it will reduce the federal deficit. There is $124 billion in spending in the bill to hire up to 87,000 new IRS agents.
But the celebration of the “inflation reduction” is coming on the same day that the Bureau of Labor and Statistics released its August report, showing that the cost of living increased 0.1%, and rose 8.3% over the last 12 months. The index for all items less food and energy increased 0.6% in August; up 6.3 percent over the year.
The mainstream media has been fawning over Peltola, and Democrats have been overjoyed with her victory over Republicans Sarah Palin and Nick Begich. Although Alaskans voted 60% for conservatives, Peltola won the position with just 40% of the vote to fill out the remainder of Congressman Don Young’s term in office, until January. The curious result is due to ranked-choice voting, which Alaskans voted into law I 2020.
Peltola will face Begich, Palin and Libertarian Chris Bye on the Nov. 8 general election ballot for the two-year seat that begins in January.