GOP senators say inflation is hurting America’s ‘poorest’

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GOP senators say inflation is hurting America's 'poorest'

Two Republican senators said the inflation rate – which is at a 39-year high – is taking a toll on the “poorest” Americans.

“I always think about how do you help the poorest families in our country. Right now, the Democrats’ agenda is hurting the poorest families,” Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) told host John Catsimatidis on WABC 770 AM in an interview that aired on Sunday.

“Everything has gotten more expensive because of the Democrats’ wasteful spending,” Scott said, referring to the high costs of food and fuel.

Consumer prices rose by 6.8 percent this year as companies struggled with the supply chain bottleneck and a nationwide labor shortage, pushing inflation to his highest rate since 1982.

The senators blamed Democrats’ policies for the spike in inflation, which is hitting American families in the pocketbook.

“A lot of people don’t fully understand the double whammy that Democrat governance is enacting on America as it relates to inflation,” Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) said. 

Sen. Ron Johnson.
Sen. Ron Johnson argued that Democrats are paying people “not to work.”
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“They are passing all of this deficit spending on a partisan basis [which is] creating a lot more dollars,” Johnson said, adding that Democrats are paying people “not to work.”

A recent poll shows that nearly half of Americans say the Biden administration’s policies are making the effects of inflation worse.

Forty-seven percent of respondents said the administration is “hurting” the country’s ability to get the rising prices under control – and 46 percent say President Biden’s massive social spending bill will just drive inflation even higher, according to a Fox Business poll.

Grocery store.
Consumer prices rose by 6.8 percent this year as companies struggled with supply chain issues and a labor shortage.
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