The passing of the “Build Back Better” bill has received divided responses, and the responses are only expected to amplify as lawmakers draw closer to the 2022 midterm election. Calling it a move that “will forever tarnish Congressional Democrats who opted to take orders from the activist left rather than govern responsibility on behalf of all Americans,” Florida Rep. Michael Waltz (R) released a scathing statement against the “Build Back Better” bill, expressing that it’s “irresponsible.”
“This bill will add trillions of dollars to our national debt and drive our existing social programs towards bankruptcy even faster,” Waltz commented, warning that “we already hold $29 trillion in federal debt, spent nearly $5 trillion in COVID-19 relief over the last two years ($1 trillion is still unspent), and President Biden signed a $1 trillion spending bill earlier this week.”
The economy has been a focal point for Republicans, highlighting rising inflation and supply chain concerns as stemming from decisions made by the Biden Administration. In turn, the mounting criticism resulted in a recent NBC/Marist poll showing that Americans believe Republicans are better suited at handling the economy, which showed an 18-percentage-point margin in favor of Republicans.
“Inflation is rapidly rising nationwide, which has directly led to increased prices on good across America, including in the grocery store and at the gas pump,” lamented Waltz.
He went on to inform that “in October, inflation increased by an annualized 11.9 percent, the highest rate of inflation since 1980.”
Saying that “the Left is dead set on spending trillions more in an already inflated economy,” the Florida Republican warned that “according to Moody Analytics, consumer prices will rise 2.24 percent higher after this spending spree than in a Biden-free economy.”
In short, the lawmaker called it “irresponsible.”
Though Democrats have rallied in support of the bill, calling it the right path forward for the country, Republicans continue to launch criticism, vying for a different path for the country.