GOP senators push to block Build Back Better bill after CBO report

WASHINGTON, DC - November 30: Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) speaks during a roundtable discussion with Republican Senators and economists on the Party's social policy spending bill Democracy on Capitol Hill on November 30, 2021 in Washington, DC.  The Senators discussed the estimated price tag and long-term spending impacts of the Rebuild Better act.  (Photo by Drew Angerer / Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – November 30: Sen. Lindsay Graham (RS.C.) speaks during a roundtable discussion with Republican Senators and economists on the Social Policy spending bill. Democrats on Capitol Hill November 30, 2021 in Washington, DC (Photo by Drew Angerer /Beautiful Images)

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UPDATE 11:22 AM PT – Saturday, December 11, 2021

Senate Republicans decry Joe Biden’s economic agenda after receiving the final word on how much his Build Back Better bill would cost.

“The radical left may be less concerned. They are on a mission to cross this monstrosity to hell or high water,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (RS.C.). “I think today, we show that these… they are two daggers aimed at the heart of the American economy.”

On Friday, South Carolina Senator Graham broke the numbers citing the much-anticipated Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report released earlier. The report revealed the spending proposal actually costs nearly $5 trillion, $3 trillion more than Democrats have repeatedly promised.

The CBO added that this will increase the budget deficit by $3 trillion over the next ten years.

Graham warned the bill would also increase the already skyrocketing rate of inflation, which has now risen to nearly 7%. He also claimed that the bill was written to prevent attention from hidden costs and said he wondered how Democrats intended to pay for the bill.

Prior to the CBO’s announcement, both Republican senators from Tennessee, Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty, decried Biden’s agenda. They lament the Biden administration’s supply chain crisis and massive spending proposals that are costing their members big at the grocery store and gas pumps.

They continue to condemn high inflation as a tax on the American people. Additionally, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called the bill reckless and irresponsible, noting that Democrats had promised that their agenda would not cost least.

Earlier this week, Louisiana Senator John Kennedy pointed out that the US did not have the money to pay for the bill.

“We will have to borrow money. We don’t have 3 trillion dollars. We don’t even have 5 percent of it. Now, I think this bill represents a tax on spending and borrowing that we don’t need,” Kennedy said.

Meanwhile, Republican and Biden senators continued their battle to sway the position of the key vote, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin (D). Biden said he plans to meet the Democratic senator next week to see if he joins the party line. However, Senator Graham said he believes Manchin will use the facts to make a final decision against the bill.

Democrats are hoping to pass the bill by Christmas Day.

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