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House conservatives, including the Republican Study Committee (RSC) led by Rep. Jim Banks, are preparing their fight against Democrats’ social spending and taxation bill, with the Senate set to pass it as soon as this weekend.
Banks’ RSC office is circulating a memo highlighting 50 points Republicans say are reasons to vote against the bill. They range from $3 billion in spending on electric vehicles for the U.S. Postal Service to grants to “utilize diet and feed management to reduce enteric methane emissions from ruminants” – in other words, cow farts.
“Democrats in Congress aren’t damaging American’s pocketbooks—they are trying to damage their way of life,” Banks, R-Ind., said in the conclusion of the document. “I hope this list of partisan provisions will help you convey that fact to your constituents this August recess.”
“The ‘Inflation Reduction Act’ is a scam that will raise taxes during a recession, further increase energy prices, spend hundreds of billions of dollars on the Democrats’ radical climate agenda, build an Army of IRS agents, and worsen the Biden inflation crisis at a time when Americans are already struggling to get by,” Banks said. “No one outside of Washington bureaucracy and the Left’s special interest groups wants this bill.”
House Republicans don’t have the numbers to block the legislation if Democrats stay united. But they will likely aim to at least inflict political damage on Democrats, or even pick off some House members to vote no, especially if Senate Republicans manage to pass any poison pill amendments in the upcoming “vote-a-rama” during consideration of the bill. There are no indications, however, that Democrats are likely to break ranks.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Thursday that Democrats will reconvene on Saturday to vote to advance a final version of the bill, which they plan on passing using a process called budget reconciliation. That allows the Senate to get around its 50-vote filibuster threshold. The process could drag into Sunday in the Senate, or perhaps as late as Monday,