By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
U.S. Sen. John Barrasso is crediting policies established under the administration of President Donald Trump and the work of congressional Republicans for the economic recovery the nation is seeing.
Barrasso spoke on the U.S. Senate floor Wednesday about the work Republicans have done since the beginning of the pandemic and criticized what he called wasteful spending by congressional Democrats.
“The truth is clear: this is not President Biden’s recovery,” he said. “President Biden inherited three vaccines. President Biden inherited 2 million tests a day for coronavirus. President Biden inherited falling coronavirus numbers. He also inherited a recovering economy.”
Barrasso added that in February, the Congressional Budget Office published a report predicting the U.S. economy would rebound to the same level seen before the pandemic and will do so by the summer.
Barrasso noted the report was released weeks prior to the recently passed $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill, which provided a third round of stimulus checks and millions in aid for state and local governments.
“This was in large part because of the foundation laid by Republicans before the pandemic with President Trump’s economic programs in the White House,” he said. “Republicans cut taxes on the middle class, on job creators. We cut regulations and we cut government red tape. We made a better trade deal with our neighbors. Our agenda worked.”
Barrasso also claimed the Biden administration hasn’t been forthcoming with the American people about its strategies to combat the coronavirus.
“Our recovery was booming under the Republican agenda. It was an agenda of low taxes and fewer regulations. That’s the agenda that the American people need to get our economy booming again,” Barrasso concluded.