US Rep. Dan Meuser, who represents Schuylkill County in Congress, blasted passage of the legislation known as the Inflation Reduction Act.
On Friday, the US House of Representatives voted along party lines, 220-207, to pass the controversial spending plan.
President Joe Biden and Democrats say the $739 billion government spending bill will help reduce inflation, which was largely caused by massive government overspending through the COVID pandemic.
Meuser voted against the bill, along with his fellow Republicans in the House. Following the vote, Meuser (PA-9) released a statement ripping the legislation to shreds. He says this legislation will do the opposite of reducing inflation.
“The American people are sick and tired of runaway government promises of how excessive spending, tax increases, and Green New Deal “investments” would make their lives better and reduce inflation. This bill raises taxes on the American people, adds 87,000 new IRS agents, and appropriates over half a trillion dollars in new government spending at a time when the economy lurches into a spending-induced recession. The Inflation Reduction Act, which I voted against today, should be more aptly named The Recession Extension Act,” Meuser says.
He adds, “Biden and my Democrat colleagues need to put down their shovels and stop digging this economic ditch and sticking the American people with the price tag before it is too late.”
The House passing the Inflation Reduction Act now moves it on to Biden who almost certainly will sign it into law.