UPDATED 12:41 PM PT – Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Senate Republican leaders have denounced Joe Biden amid a seemingly never-ending series of crises under his leadership.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) kicked off a news conference on Tuesday by slamming the Democrat Party over its continued push for reckless spending packages. He pointed to a recent Gallup poll showing that half of Americans are fed up with how many things the government is involved with that should be left up to persons and private businesses.
South Dakota Sen. John Thune (R) said since Biden has been in office, his administration has been “lurching from one crisis to the next.” Thune added the Biden administration doesn’t have a good answer to any of these problems and in fact, Democrat policies only make these issues worse. He specifically pointed to the poor impact of unions, which he said would be strengthened by the Democrats’ spending proposals.
Americans are paying more for energy, gasoline, food, housing, and much more. The money that Americans earn is buying them less & less every day. Ds can’t downplay this anymore. Inflation is not fake, it is not temporary – it’s very real.
— Senator John Thune (@SenJohnThune) October 20, 2021
Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso (R) also took aim at Biden over the economy, accusing him of being the sole cause of the current energy crisis. Barrasso went on to blast a statement by a White House official, claiming inflation is only a “high class problem.”
The Wyoming lawmaker then criticized the White House’s energy policies, saying its been attacking the fossil fuel industry since day one. This includes the immediate cancellation of the Keystone XL Pipeline and the blocking of new federal energy leases in Alaska. He added this has pushed Biden into seeking natural gas from Russia, rather than America producing its own natural gas and oil.
The senators also touched on a provision in Democrats’ spending packages to allow the IRS to have access to people’s bank accounts. Sen. Thune pointed out that proposal would also raise the cost of the IRS, directly affecting taxes on the middle class.