According to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), it’s “wildly inappropriate” for the Biden administration and congressional Democrats to suggest spending billons of dollars of federal money to fund social programs.
Speaking with business leaders in Bowling Green, Kentucky, this week, McConnell said he supports the bipartisan infrastructure bill making its way through Congress that would provide some $1 trillion for roads, bridges, and other physical infrastructure. But in the next breath, the Kentucky Republican slammed a separate piece of legislation that would expand social programs such as elder care and help combat climate change, according to The Bowling Green Daily News:
“We have some really serious differences about the way forward. The infrastructure bill is popular on both sides of the aisle, but the Democrats would like to authorize spending a total of $7 trillion.”
McConnell added he thinks Democrats are “playing Russian roulette with the country’s economy.”
However, what McConnell didn’t address is that Donald Trump was in the White House and Republicans controlled the Senate when mismanagement of the COVID-19 crisis by the Trump administration plunged the U.S. economy into a deep recession which is just now starting to ease under the leadership of President Joe Biden.
“There is about $4 billion coming to Kentucky. I think of this as a once-in-a-lifetime windfall.”
It should be noted that not a single Senate Republican voted for the American Rescue Plan, and yet now they’re singing its praises when they go back home and meet with constituents.
Also, while McConnell likes to suggest that Democratic policies are bad for the economy, recent data suggests that Biden is currently overseeing the greatest economic expansion since 1984.
If McConnell and others in his party are so opposed to helping the American people with federal money, they should return the money they receive every year from the U.S. Treasury and quit being hypocrites.
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