Kennedy made the comments on Fox News‘ “America’s Newsroom” Thursday, when he declared that, “the profligacy is mind-numbing.”
“The motto of the Biden administration seems to be ‘we can’t spend too much,'” he stated.
Kennedy aimed at some controversial preparations in the American Rescue Plan Act, which covers such spending priorities as $750 million for the global response to COVID-19, $270 million for arts and humanities endowments, $200 million for museums and libraries, and $100 million for an electric train in Silicon Valley.
“This isn’t a coronavirus bill,” the Louisiana senator announced. “This is a left-of-Lenin, neo-socialist wish list.”
By late Wednesday, not a sole Republican in either chamber had publicly stated he or she would back the Biden administration’s suggested relief bill.
“I haven’t seen a Republican yet that’s found something in there that they agree with,” declared House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). “I think all Republicans believe in three simple things: They want a bill that puts us back to work, back to school, and back to health. This bill is too costly, too corrupt, and too liberal.”
The hardening resistance implies that Biden’s first major legislative initiative could meet a wall of unanimous GOP opposition.
The Republican Study Committee (RSC), the biggest conservative caucus on Capitol Hill, issued a fact sheet showing what “Democrats are hoping the public won’t find about” in the relief bill.
Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), RSC’s newly elected chairman, announced in a memo sent to caucus members that Democrats have added items of “special interest pork and other liberal goodies” in the proposal. He repeated Kennedy’s take that the bill includes spending that’s unrelated to the pandemic.
“Keep in mind only one percent of this $1.9 trillion will go toward vaccines, and only five percent overall of this entire package is geared toward public health efforts directly related to the pandemic,” Banks announced in an interview with Fox News.
The memo criticized Biden’s package as a job assassin that does too little to reopen schools or businesses shuttered because of the pandemic, calling it not just wasteful though also unscrupulous—with provisions that are “pro-abortion,” “soft on China,” and that support illegal immigration.
Democrats have revealed no signs of backing down, though, citing the assistance as a measure that would spread to people, businesses, and state and local governments.
“If congressional Republicans want to oppose all that, my response is: Good luck,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on the Senate floor.