Alaska Sens. Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski issued statements on Wednesday explaining why they oppose to the Democrats’ legislative blueprint for their $3.5 trillion budget bill.
Sullivan called it “reckless tax and spending spree that will have a disastrous impact on the country.”
Sullivan said the plan is loaded with radical policies like the Green New Deal that will further the cradle-to-grave socialist agenda and “stick hard-working families in Alaska with higher costs, lower wages and less freedom.”
The “blueprint” for the budget plan was passed on a party-line vote of 50-49 just before 4 am Eastern Time on Wednesday. It’s the first phase of a long process the Democrats are ramrodding through to remake America into a socialist country, where the government is giving entitlements to the majority of Americans in one form or another.
The vote this morning gives President Joe Biden and Democrats wind in their sails to get the legislation through this year, before the 2022 midterm elections take over the Washington agenda.
“I share the concern of many Americans about out-of-control government spending,” Sullivan said, citing inflation that is rising rapidly. “The reckless spending that we’re seeing from the Democrats is going to do real, lasting damage to our economy, in addition to driving up our national debt to historic levels. And make no mistake, because Democrats are beholden to their far-left radical supporters, they alone will own the debt, higher prices and loss of income that will result from this unprecedented, irresponsible socialist spending spree.”
Sen. Murkowski said in her statement:
“Today Americans are able to witness the best and the worst here in the United States Senate. The best—the Senate just passed on a strong bipartisan basis, an historic infrastructure package focused on core, legacy infrastructure that will create new jobs and benefits that will pay forward for Americans for decades to come—all without raising taxes. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is the result of months of bipartisan negotiations that I was proud to be part of, working diligently with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to deliver for the American people.
“The worst—the Senate immediately turned to a wholly partisan bill, a budget resolution which proposes over $3.5 trillion in new spending which will result in tax hikes on Americans. This partisan exercise to implement a wish list of reckless spending is unfortunate but not unexpected as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer previously admitted that Democrats were ‘going alone’, without any effort to work with Republicans. Taxing and spending without limits is nothing to be proud of,” she said.
Meanwhile, radicals in the U.S. House, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Congressional Progressive Caucus, have vowed to block the Senate’s $1.1 trillion infrastructure bill until the $3.5 trillion package that their agenda is passed by the Senate.
President Biden is on record saying he will not entertain the infrastructure bill without the costlier and more radical bill now working its way through the Senate.