Republicans on social media have applauded Senator Bernie Sanders’ criticism that the climate and spending legislation proposed by Democrats would have little impact on inflation.
The Vermont Independent Socialist took to the Senate floor while the Senate was voting on a motion to advance the passage of their proposed legislation called the Inflation Reduction Act. Mr. Sanders made his remarks immediately after Vice President Kamala Harris arrived to break the tie to allow the debate to begin.
Sanders spent a few minutes while the vote was taking place on the Senate floor himself before noting that the Congressional Budget Office had downplayed the rising stakes of the proposed Democratic legislation.
“I want to take a moment to say a few words about the so-called anti-inflation law that we are discussing this evening,” he said. “And I say the so-called incidentally, because according to the organization of the Central Bank and other economic organizations that have studied this law, it will, in fact, have little effect on inflation.”
Sanders, the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, has called on Democrats to change the legislation.
“But if all 50 members of the Democratic Caucus stand together today, we can pass some very important amendments that will have a profound impact on improving the lives of workers in our country and can begin the process of restoring confidence in our democracy,” he said on the ground.
In response, many Republicans echoed his remarks.
David Pope, communications director for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, tweeted a GIF of Mr. McConnell looking up and smiling.
Many Republicans have said the same thing, said Kate Cossy Noise, communications director for the Senate Republicans Conference.
“Well that’s right. That’s what we said,” she tweeted. “Specifically on the lack of inflation impact referred to in this tweet.”
The Republican National Committee’s Research Twitter account also tweeted a video clip of Mr. Sanders’ speech.
Democrats hope to pass the legislation through a measure called the budget compromise, which allows them to pass it with only a simple majority and avoid Republican obstruction.
But with only 50 seats in the Senate, they need every member of their convention to be on board with Mrs. Harris running the tiebreaker. Sanders previously told reporters that he was frustrated with the legislation before his speech
“I think no one can deny that this legislation does not address the major crises facing working families,” he said on Saturday. Specifically, he criticized the fact that Medicare would only be able to negotiate 10 prescription drugs. In turn, he proposed legislation that would allow her to negotiate drug prices for all drugs.
“Instead of spending four years negotiating 10 drugs, what we should be doing is exactly what the Veterans Administration has been doing for 30 years,” he said.
Likewise, he also criticized the fact that the legislation allows the sale of leases for additional drilling in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico.
“I clearly have deep concerns about the wisdom of opening millions of acres of inland water to fossil fuel exploration, which is exactly the opposite of what we have to do,” he told reporters. “If we are going to be effective in fighting climate change.”
Sanders defended Republicans echoing his criticism of the legislation when he spoke to him independent after leaving the Senate chamber.
“What they retweeted was accurate, and that’s okay,” he said. “Look, the truth is the truth.”