ORLANDO, FL – United States Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) joined America’s News HQ with Fox News’ Griff Jenkins to talk CPAC and COVID relief.
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Partial Transcript below:
Clip of Hagerty at his CPAC Panel: “Watch this Administration. Look at what they’ve done. They’ve reentered the W.H.O. They’re going back into the Paris Climate treaty. They’ve canceled the Keystone XL pipeline. China is laughing all the way to the bank.”
Hagerty on Dems’ $1.9 Trillion COVID Relief Package: “I think I’m going to be joined by all my Republican colleagues in voting against this. It’s a $1.9 trillion package, over 90% of which has nothing to do with the pandemic. We’ve not even spent close to a trillion dollars of the funds that were previously allocated on a bipartisan basis. [Democrats’] goal is to come and jam through, what is essentially, a socialist wish-list, right through on a completely partisan basis, and I don’t think they’ll have a single Republican vote.”
Hagerty on the minimum wage increase in the COVID relief package: “And we don’t need this at a time when small businesses, restaurants, et cetera, are trying to get reopened. We’re just putting more and more burdens on the backs of the small companies that are the engine of economic growth. I want to see our economy recover again, and this package should be focused on putting shots in people’s arms, getting our kids back in school, and getting our parents back to work.”
Hagerty on CPAC and his message to conservatives: “The energy here, Griff, is just overwhelming and they’re looking forward to having President Trump here tomorrow. What we talked about on our [CPAC] panel was the great blue collar surge that occurred with our economy when President Trump came into office. He stood up for the American Worker. Our trade policies that we talked about today were singled out by President Trump as one of the key means to get reciprocal terms and get American workers back to work. We created over 500,000 manufacturing jobs under President Trump’s first term. And I want to see us continue to push those American values forward. America First has worked for America, it needs to continue to work for America…”
Hagerty’s on Former President Trump’s speech tomorrow: “[Former President Trump] has the opportunity to contrast that the programs that he put in place from 2017 forward – we saw our economy resurge. Again, it was a blue collar resurgence where blue collar workers had a greater increase than white collar workers. It was the best in history for Hispanic workers and for black workers. I think what you’ll see is a real contrast between the economy and the opportunity that President Trump made possible for America and the policies that President Biden is putting in place right now. President Biden’s policies are making us weaker every day. Think about the Keystone XL pipeline. We became energy independent under President Trump. It is strong for our economy, strong for our national security. What Biden is doing? He’s blocking the Keystone pipeline, blocking drilling on federal lands. What does that do? It makes us less energy independent. It puts us again at the whim of other countries that don’t have our best interests at heart. And where does that oil go from Canada? Now it’s going to go at a discounted basis to China. China is laughing all the way to the bank on this and so many of the [Biden Admin] policies.”