April 21, 2021
“It's a bad law, it's bad economics, and I urge my colleagues to stand for jobs, for higher wages, and for the working men and women of our nation who know what infrastructure really means.”
Click here to watch Sen. Barrasso’s remarks.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) spoke on the Senate floor about how the Democrats’ $2.7 trillion “infrastructure” bill will put American taxpayers on the hook for a huge tax increase.
Excerpts of Senator Barrasso’s remarks:
“I associate my remarks with the senator from Oklahoma. We are here as Republicans who believe in free markets and so do the American people.
“The Democrats on the other hand are running a hundred-yard dash toward socialism.
“They’ve decided to redistribute American’s wealth. Former President Obama used to call this spreading the wealth around.
“Democrats are taking the wealth of our nation and they are gathering up in Washington, DC and deciding then how they want to spend it.
”In March, President Biden signed a big payoff to people who run the Democrat party. The union bosses, the DC bureaucrats, and bankrupt blue states.
“He said it was a coronavirus relief bill yet only 9% of the money went to health care.
“Just weeks later President Biden came back again later now requesting 2.7 trillion dollars under the name sake of infrastructure.
“When you read through it looks like he is trying to spread the wealth around. Gathering it not from what we consider traditional infrastructure like roads, bridges, ports, highways airports, waterways, all of those things; dams, reservoirs you name it,
“It seems that once again it’s going for the Democrat elites, looks to me to be a slush fund, a slush fund for liberal spending.
“It’s going to union bosses, climate activists, and the Silicon Valley contributors to the party.
“Where’s the money coming from? The last bill went on the credit card, the next one is coming out of the wallets of the American people.
“There hasn’t been a proposed tax increase of this size in this century.
“It's going to affect everyone in this country and it's going to be a rude awakening for the many small businesses who are finally reopening after living the past year with a coronavirus pandemic.
“Now, in addition to the struggles they have been through, they are going to be hit with a big tax increase.
“Now, we know who is going to end up footing the bill for the president's tax hikes. He may say that it's just corporations. The American people are going to be hit with this tax increase.
“You can call it a tax cut on corporations that absolutely just ricochets back onto the people who work for those businesses and who buy the products of those businesses.
“President Biden is going to try to spin it another way. The highest costs of all of this are going to be borne by American families.
“Higher taxes of course mean fewer jobs. One estimate says that will bill is going to kill a million jobs. These aren't CEO Jobs. These are middle-class jobs. These are the jobs of hardworking families in my state of Wyoming and states all around the country.
“Prices across the country are already going up under President Biden. The cost of energy went up 9% just last month. Gasoline prices are up over 50 cents a gallon since President Biden took office and started his executive orders attacking American energy.
“If this bill that's being proposed now under the name of infrastructure becomes law, well, we will note that the price increases are just beginning.
“Because of President Biden, more wealth is about to be taken from places all across Middle America and certainly in my home state of Wyoming.
“And they will be sent to the Democrat elites in Manhattan and Silicon Valley and of course here in Washington, D.C.
“Democrats are focused on redistributing our wealth. They want to take it from working families and give it to their liberal donors.
“It's a bad law, it's bad economics, and I urge my colleagues to stand for jobs, for higher wages, and for the working men and women of our nation who know what infrastructure really means and the kind of infrastructure that they need for their communities.”