President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., are “stepping on each other” with their conflicting messages about the $1.2 trillion hard infrastructure plan and $3.5 trillion social plan “fused” to it, Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., said Sunday.
In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Scott slammed Majority Leader Sen. Charles Schumer’s, D-N.Y., rush to vote on the package, declaring “without clarity, you don't move forward.”
“Between Speaker Pelosi and President Biden, we are all confused, because they keep stepping on each other,” he said. “We really don't know what in fact we are negotiating. It seems to me that one thing is very clear… [the] $3.5 trillion [human infrastructure] is in fact fused together with a trillion-plus dollars of infrastructure spending.
“That human infrastructure plus the actual infrastructure is a very confusing package, but one thing we are not confused about is nearly four and a half to $4.7 trillion of additional spending on top of the $1.9 trillion COVID package.”
According to Scott, it’s been frustrating — there are “blank pages on a multi-trillion dollar spending plan that doesn't seem to be negotiated on either side, frankly.”
“When you have nothing to negotiate from a page perspective, you can't see it, you can negotiate it, I don't support that,” he said.
“I'm skeptical and with [what]the Democrats are actually planning to do, not with just the $1.2 [trillion], but with the $3.5 [trillion] that is fused together,” he said.
“Inflation is already a tax increase on people making much less than $400,000. It's a tax increase on people working paycheck to paycheck. This is a bad decision,” he said.
Scott said the conversation on infrastructure should be “what’s best for America,” including reducing inflation, “getting rid of the disincentives for work” and “restoring confidence that we can actually have strong presence of law enforcement in the poorest and the hardest hit communities.”
“We should take those facts and use them to fuse together an agenda that the American people will celebrate because it's about them and not about politicians in Washington,” he said.
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