President Joe Biden’s $6 trillion in early-term spending schemes—his $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan that passed with zero Republican votes along with his proposed $2.3 trillion American Jobs Plan and $1.8 trillion American Families Plan—have drawn sharply critical reactions from Republicans, and more muted criticism from some Democrats, for their lofty price tags.
Biden unveiled his newest legislative proposal, the sweeping $1.8 trillion package for families and education, during his first joint speech to Congress on Wednesday, calling it a “once-in-a-generation” investment that would bring lasting benefits to the economy, expand the middle class, and reduce child poverty. The plan includes $1 trillion in spending on education and child care and $800 billion in tax credits aimed at middle- and low-income families, funded mainly by tax hikes on wealthier Americans.
Republicans say the bulk of the $6 trillion proposed spending in Biden’s early term is aimed at satisfying his liberal base, and that it amounts to socialism.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), took to Twitter to call Biden’s plans a “radical vision for our country that would turn the American Dream into an American nightmare.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), in remarks from the Senate floor on Thursday, pushed back against what he called Biden’s “go-it-alone radicalism.”
“The President talked about unity and togetherness while reading off a multi-trillion dollar shopping list that was neither designed nor intended to earn bipartisan buy-in,” he said.
“A blueprint for giving Washington even more money, and even more power to micro-manage American families and build a country liberal elites want, instead of the future Americans want,” he added.
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), known for his willingness to work across the aisle, took aim at the spending levels in Biden’s proposals in a Thursday tweet.
“In his first 100 days, the President has proposed $6 trillion in new spending—about 4x our total federal budget!” Romney wrote, complaining that the sky-high spending would saddle future generations with decades of interest costs and jeopardize their future.
“You know what’s hard to do?” Romney said in a video accompanying his tweet. “It’s hard to live within your budget and do good things within your budget.”
BY TOM OZIMEK