With control of the executive branch and a tenuous hold on power in Congress, Democrats are doing everything possible to advance a progressive agenda on the federal level.
Even as some far-left lawmakers say the party still isn’t doing enough, several prominent Republicans are sounding the alarm regarding the deleterious impact of various Biden administration policies.
During a press conference on Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) lamented the White House’s continued emphasis on domestic spending even as nearly three in four Americans disapprove of his response to skyrocketing inflation. Furthermore, she noted that well over half of all Americans oppose the Biden administration’s energy and immigration policies.
Stefanik also shared some pointed criticism of other Democratic leaders, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, for working to fund a “socialist wish list” instead of focusing on the immediate needs of the population as a whole.
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) echoed those concerns, pointing out that Democrats have significantly hiked spending on a number of federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Office of Personnel Management.
Even some moderate Democrats are concerned about the impact of the progressive spending spree on the nation’s ailing economy. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) recently blocked a climate change bill over fears that its hefty price tag would exacerbate inflation.
“They all knew exactly where I stood when we saw 9.1 percent [inflation],” he said. “That was an alarming figure to me, higher than anything in 40-plus years. I said, ‘Oh my goodness, let’s wait now. This is a whole new page.’”
As frustrating as it is for critics to see the continued funding of partisan pet projects, Stefanik acknowledged that it doesn’t come as a surprise.
“This is not a coincidence,” she said. “This is what happens when one-party Democrat rule fails America.”
Of course, Biden appears undeterred by the backlash and recently announced his executive action to address climate change, vowing to do everything in his power to increase spending despite the bipartisan opposition on Capitol Hill.
A White House statement said the roughly $2.3 billion increase in Federal Emergency Management Agency funding will “increase resilience to heat waves, drought, wildfires, flood, hurricanes and other hazards by preparing before disaster strikes.”