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Republicans say Democrats ‘will pay price’ in midterms for passing massive spending bill

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Republicans mocked Democrats on Sunday for passing a multibillion-dollar economic package, warning it would come back to haunt them in the November midterms.

“Democrats will pay the price in November for raising taxes on families during the recession,” Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement.

A view of the US Capitol is seen as senators vote to proceed with the Inflation Reduction Act on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

A view of the US Capitol is seen as senators vote to proceed with the Inflation Reduction Act on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
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Her statement echoes criticism from Republicans that the Inflation Reduction Act does the opposite of its intended purpose.

In a statement, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, likened the bill to “caving in to Democrats’ radical leftist base at the expense of middle-class Americans.”

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“The Schumer-Manchin bill will raise inflation and prices, hammer small businesses and American manufacturing, raise gas prices and raise the IRS on Americans, raising taxes on Americans in every tax bracket, including those with the lowest incomes up to $400,000 a year,” Cruz said in a statement.

Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., called raising taxes during both a recession and inflation a “special kind of stupidity.”

“[T]hat is called stagflation, which is what we have right now as a result of President Biden’s policies,” Kennedy tweeted.

Sen. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., advised Democrats to pass the bill during a recession and inflation at a 41-year-high.

“We should be cutting taxes, not raising them,” Blackburn said in a Twitter thread. “It’s a shame that Senate Democrats have pushed through a socialist agenda that will make life more difficult and expensive for Tennesseans.”

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell accused Democrats of not caring about the “priorities of middle-class families.”

“Democrats’ policies have torn away the savings, stability and lifestyle that families have worked and sacrificed for years to build,” McConnell said in a statement. “The effect of this one-party government is an economic assault on America’s middle class.”

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Senate Democrats passed the $740 billion package, 51-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote after an overnight session. The House is on track to give final congressional approval when it briefly returns from summer recess on Friday.

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