Sen. John Barrasso called last Tuesday’s races the “rejection election” because American voters turned back Democrats’ radical policies.
“It was a rejection election. Voters overwhelmingly across the country rejected these radical policies of the Democrats, which have caused inflation, rising prices, open borders. And now they want to raise taxes even higher,” Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.”
“You would think this would be a wake-up call for the Democrats, but they’re still sleepwalking like zombies on this road to socialism. And they have bloated up their other bill, the $4 trillion reckless tax-and-spending bill, almost thumbing their noses at the voters who said, stop,” he continued.
Democrats know that their policies, like President Biden’s Build Back Better social spending package, will increase taxes, add to the nation’s debt and make prices climb, Barrasso said, adding that “people across the country are fed up.”
But host Maria Bartiromo pointed out that 13 Republican House members voted to pass Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure deal on Friday and nine GOP senators – including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell – said yes to the plan in August.
“Why did you vote no?” she asked Barrasso.
“One is, I believe it’s going to add hundreds of billions of dollars to the debt and deficit. And there were energy parts of that bill that I think are going to make energy more expensive and, at the same time, make our grid less reliable,” the senator said.
He also said he couldn’t support it because Democrats were pairing it with Biden’s $1.75 trillion social spending plan that has stalled in Congress amid infighting among progressives in the House and moderates in the Senate.
“What we need to do now is drive a stake through the heart of this $4 trillion tax-and-spending bill. And to do that, we’re going to need help of Joe Manchin and from Sinema, because the Democrats just seem to be addicted to spending and to taxing,” he said referring to Democrats Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona.
The two have objected to a number of provisions in the package and its cost.
After months of negotiating the plans, the House voted for the infrastructure plan Friday, just three days after Democrat Terry McAuliffe was defeated by Glenn Youngkin in Virginia and Gov. Phil Murphy survived a scare by Republican Jack Ciattarelli in New Jersey.
Barrasso noted Democrats’ new resolve after the “rejection election,” saying that members of the party know they are a losing team.
“They basically are in your face, saying, we know Nancy Pelosi is going to be done as speaker. The ‘Squad’ has come out and said, we know we’re going to lose the majority in 2022. We don’t care. We’re going to go as far as we can to the radical left, until you get a chance in the election of 2022 to throw us out,” he said.
Barrasso said the Democrats will try to push the Build Back Better Act through Congress before Thanksgiving.
“And we’re going to do everything we can to stop it dead in its tracks,” he said.