As Democrats jubilantly celebrated a major legislative victory this weekend, former President Donald Trump criticized Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
On Sunday, Senate Democrats passed what they labeled the Inflation Reduction Act, according to The Washington Post.
The bill imposes the Democrats’ climate change agenda through billions of dollars allocated to cut greenhouse gas emissions and increase renewable energy. The law also retains a program designed to reduce prescription drug costs and limit health insurance costs.
“Mitch McConnell played like a game with today’s Senate Democrats vote,” Trump wrote Sunday on his Truth social platform.
“First, he gave them fake Infrastructure Bills, then Guns, never used the Debt ceiling for negotiation purposes (gived it away for ANYTHING!), and now the thing. this,” said the former chairman.
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“Mitch has no clue – he’s too bad for the Republican Party!” he say.
Democrats initially claimed the bill would reduce the federal deficit by $300 billion over the next 10 years, but when they pass the Senate on Sunday, no estimate has yet been prepared for the final package.
The vote turnout for the bill was 50-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the tie.
An analysis from The New York Times of the tactics used to steer the bill around a variety of political mines – including the gun-safe component and money to promote research and manufacturing of microchips – says “Democrats also get some help from Republicans.”
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“Democrats say Mr McConnell’s threat to block the microchip bill if Democrats go ahead with the tax and climate bill backfired by pushing Mr. Manchin to pursue a compromise,” said Mr. Democrat Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who earlier this year blocked the Senate from passing a more expansive bill.
The losers of the established Republican Party, aka RINO, often refer to Mitch McConnell as a “genius” and a “master of the senate.”
Well the “genius” LOST again.
Democrats just passed a small green new deal, a middle-class tax increase and a massive IRS expansion.
McConnell needs to go!
– Alex Bruesewitz (@alexbruesewitz) August 7, 2022
“Anytime you threaten a bill that you support because you don’t get your way for something else, you’re in a bad position,” said Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen of Maryland speak. “It looks bad. It’s a political frenzy. “
McConnell at one point defended his partnership with the Democratic Party.
“Just because you have a tightly divided government doesn’t mean you don’t do anything,” the Kentucky Republican said on Fox News last week. “Just because there’s a Democrat in the White House, I don’t think Republicans shouldn’t do anything good for the country during this time.”
The best thing will be for McConnell to get over himself, as he resigns because the Senate will maintain control of Dem! (If he’s on my side)!
– Matt Hakala (@HakalaMatt) August 8, 2022
After the bill was passed, McConnell released a statement criticizing the bill.
“Democrats have proven time and time again that they simply don’t care about the priorities of middle-class families. They spent 18 months proving it. They just spent hundreds of billions of dollars to prove it again,” he said on Twitter.
“But the Americans who are doing the work they have failed will write the Democratic report card in three months time,” he said.
Democrats have proven time and time again that they simply don’t care about the priorities of middle-class families. Only 18% of Americans are satisfied with an economy run by Democrats.
And they just spent hundreds of billions of dollars more of your money to prove it again. My full statement: pic.twitter.com/uWA8VCbq7i
– Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) August 7, 2022
Other Republicans criticized the bill and the tactics used to get it through, which did not require any GOP votes.
“Look, I’m not saying that Senator Manchin is intentionally trying to hurt people,” said Republican Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana, according to The Washington Examiner. “I’m not saying he intentionally wants more people living in a tent behind Whataburger, but that would be the outcome of this bill.
“I hope I’m wrong, but I think I’m right. This bill is ironic grade 1.”
This article originally appeared in Western Magazine.
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