Former President Donald Trump blasted Democratic lawmakers’ $430 billion spending bill on Friday, urging Democrats to vote down the bill and arguing that those who did so would be “legends.”
In a post to his Truth Social platform, Trump said the Inflation Reduction Act — which experts have warned will do virtually nothing to combat rising prices — should be called the “Inflation Expansion Act.”
“Democrats in Congress should strongly VOTE AGAINST THE BIGGEST GREEN NEW FAKE DEAL IN HISTORY, which is about to be rammed down the threats of Americans,” Trump wrote.
“Those Dems voting against the bill will be legends — actually able to win again,” he added. “Should be called the Inflation Expansion Act. Adds 87,000 gun carrying IRS Agents to cajole and harass you and your family. Call your Democrat Congressmen & women — tell them NOT to vote for this killer. Republicans are 100% against!”
Inflation is still at a 40-year high.
What are House Democrats doing?
They coming back to D.C. to push this Inflation Expansion Act.
— House Republicans (@HouseGOP) August 10, 2022
The measure, which pledges $430 billion in new government spending along with a host of environmental and healthcare initiatives, was passed by the Senate on Sunday after a 51-50 vote which saw Vice President Kamala Harris break the tie between Democrats and Republicans.
Republicans have been largely unified in their opposition to the bill, criticizing the massive increase in government spending, the claim of inflation “reduction,” and the nearly $80 billion intended to bolster the IRS’ tax-collection efforts.
“The Democrats’ reckless IRS funding increase would raise enforcement funding by nearly 70% above what IRS is currently projected to get,” Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID), ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, said of the measure.
“There are a lot of bad things in this bill,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said in a statement Monday. “But few are worse than the proposal by Democrats in this bill to double the size of the IRS and create 87,000 new IRS agents. I guarantee you citizens in every one of our states, if you ask them, what do they want, they don’t want 87,000 new IRS agents.”
Despite Republican opposition, lawmakers in the House of Representatives, where Democrats hold a slim majority, are expected to pass the measure on Friday.