UPDATED 10:49 AM PT – Saturday, November 6, 2021
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) called out House Democrats for pushing to pass the reconciliation bill without an assessment from the Congressional Budget Office.
“There’s so many problems within this bill,” said McCarthy. “I do not believe even if it passed the House that it could pass the Senate.” McCarthy slammed the Biden administration’s trillion-dollar social spending bill adding “only 10 percent of Americans say they know what is in this bill.”
During a press conference on Capitol Hill Friday, McCarthy said the Budget Office has not shown the American people what the bill will cost, let alone what it entails. He also noted the agency’s report on the legislation won’t be completed until after Thanksgiving and pointed out how recent state elections show more and more people are rejecting the progressive left’s policies, including the vague spending bill.
“Are members of Congress even aware of this estimate? While Democrats’ reconciliation plan has no transparency, Tuesday’s results show an important truth,” stated the California Republican. “Voters from Virginia to Texas to Seattle to Minneapolis to New Jersey, sent a mandate to their elected officials. Stop catering to the progressive left and work on solutions that will improve the lives of your constituents.”
Democrats haven't read the bill.
Democrats don't even know how much the bill will truly cost.
— Rep. Randy Feenstra (@RepFeenstra) November 5, 2021
McCarthy also pointed out how even left mainstream media outlets are criticizing and questioning the logistics of the bill saying “there are gimmicks behind this.” The House minority leader went on to say it won’t be hard for the GOP to campaign against the bill in the midterms, especially since it’s been tearing progressive and moderate Democrats apart.
“I don’t think it will be hard for Republicans to campaign against this bill at all. The damage is done. We warned them earlier when they took the majority, not to take the path they were doing and low and behold, what is happening a year later? We have inflation like we haven’t seen in years,” he said. “We have a border that is no longer secure where people on the terrorist watch list are being caught coming through. We have got prices of gasoline that have not been this high since the last time Biden was in office, and his only answer is he can’t solve it quickly, but he hopes to.”
Meanwhile, the vote is reportedly believed to be taking the longest in House history and in order to actually get the bill passed onto the Senate, Democrats will need the support of every Senate Democrat and no more than three defectors in the House.