By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Wyoming’s congressional delegates have all come out against President Joe Biden’s newest infrastructure plan, calling it “out-of-control” and a “political football.”
The $2 trillion package focuses on job creation, traditional infrastructure spending and investment in certain areas such as funding for care workers and for childcare to be offered at workplaces.
U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis wrote a short comment about the plan on Twitter, retweeting an article from political website “The Hill.”
“Everyone agrees that we need to update our transportation infrastructure. Biden wants to make it a political football,” she wrote. “We can do better.”
Her congressional colleagues had much more to say, though.
U.S. Sen. John Barrasso called the plan an “out-of-control socialist spending spree.”
“This proposal…will hike taxes and spend trillions of dollars on the left’s radical agenda,” Barrasso said. “Democrats are offering to hamstring the economy with higher energy bills and higher taxes for families in Wyoming and across the country. Republicans want to protect our energy dominance, and let hardworking Americans keep the money they earned.”
“President Biden should change course and look to our bipartisan highway bill from the last Congress if he is really interested in improving our infrastructure,” Barrasso added.
Biden also intends to hike taxes on corporations, which would offset the bill’s spending in about 15 years.
U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney called the plan the “largest tax hike in history” and said it would destroy jobs and increase the nation’s debt.
“These tax increases would hurt middle-class Americans, taking more of their hard-earned money at a time when our economy is still recovering.” Cheney said. “The Biden plan would eliminate the pro-growth policies that reduced unemployment to historic lows and led to the creation of one of the strongest economy’s our country has ever seen.”
She added congressional Democrats admitted the plan was more about fulfilling “Green New Deal fantasies” rather than helping the nation.
“Once again, President Biden has shown that he does not appear to be serious about working across the aisle,” Cheney said. “I hope Congress will reject the far-left outline he put forward today and instead work in a bipartisan manner to pass targeted infrastructure legislation that both parties agree we need.”