U.S. Sen. Rick Scott this week ripped Democrats for refusing to take action to try to slow the spread of inflation, which he attributed to President Joe Biden’s reckless spending and failed leadership.
The Florida Republican proposed a measure that would stop any federal discretionary spending that would increase the deficit when the inflation rate is 3 percent or higher.
Scott said his bill would not apply to spending for the Defense Department, Social Security, or Medicare. It would also include a provision for “desperately needed” emergency funding if inflation was above his proposed cap.
“Families in Florida are sick and tired of this president’s failures,” Scott said in a Senate floor speech. “They’re sick and tired of seeing an incoherent, confused man ramble on in the White House with no plan but to blame everyone else but himself for the problems he created.
Scott noted that inflation for consumers is running at more than 8 percent year-over-year as of last month, while wholesale prices are up 11 percent.
“Everything is going up,” said Scott. “It’s causing families to make impossible choices.”
He said the blame for this is the “radical spending agenda” of Biden and congressional Democrats – which will only drive the national debt higher as GDP shrinks.
When Democrats objected, Scott countered with an 8-percent inflation cap, such as the current situation.
Scott added that 8 percent inflation is a “crisis point,” and that, “It only stands to reason that Congress start looking closely at every bill that increases the deficit.”
When Democrats again dismissed his plan, Scott upped the ante to 12 percent – and still found no takers from the opposition.
“Senate Democrats are heartless and proved again today that they don’t care about reversing Joe Biden’s record-breaking inflation crisis. After three years in the Senate, I’ve become familiar with seeing Democrats reject commonsense policy, but their decision today to greenlight reckless deficit spending, even when inflation rises above 12%, is absolutely insane,” Scott said in a statement after his third attempt.
“Families all across America are suffering. For our poorest families, like mine growing up, Biden’s raging inflation crisis is totally devastating. This crisis was created by Joe Biden, but the only response to skyrocketing prices we’ve seen from him is blaming others.”
“Sadly,” Scott added, “Biden’s blame-game has been enabled by weak Democrats in Congress who would rather provide political cover for a confused and failed president than actually help struggling families. Floridians are sick and tired of it, and I’ll never stop fighting to stop Biden’s disastrous inflation agenda.”
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