WASHINGTON—United States Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) today joined Elizabeth MacDonald on The Evening Edit to discuss the Biden Administration’s extreme far-left policies.
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Hagerty on the Biden Administration’s extreme, far-left agenda: “I think they’re touting the message from the far-left of their party. This is not what mainstream America wants, Liz. I can’t believe the majority of the Democrat party wants some of these extreme policies. So they listen to the loudest, maybe the most vocal minority in their party. But what they’re putting forward are policies that don’t make sense for America, and I think that’s where they’re seeing the pushback right now. They can’t even get their own party together, much less 10 senators on the Republican side.”
Hagerty on Democrats’ effort to push their extreme agenda through via reconciliation: “If they do, it’ll be another example of the bait-and-switch that we got from the election. You know, Biden ran as a centrist, as a moderate. You remember what he said during his inauguration speech. But all they’ve done, they’ve only passed one piece of legislation, Liz, and that’s this $1.9 trillion ‘coronavirus package’ that had very little if anything to do with coronavirus treatment. It had everything to do with their socialist agenda. Again, this is far-left policy that’s being ran through and they use this budgetary trick called reconciliation, so that they can push it through on a 50-50 basis, bringing in [Vice President] Kamala Harris to solve the tie. They need to remember, this is an evenly divided Senate. We’re going to push back hard at every point to make certain that when we talk about infrastructure, we’re talking about real infrastructure. They can’t even decide what infrastructure is at this point.”
Hagerty on unemployment benefits offering the wrong incentive: “It’s clear as day to a business person like me. This is exactly the wrong policy. To extend unemployment, plused-up unemployment, through September means that our small and medium sized businesses are competing against the federal government to get these employees to come back to work. The larger employers, what they’re doing is poaching the employees from the smaller companies. And then what’s happening? We’ve got this flood of people coming across the Southern border. The smaller employers are sitting there thinking, ‘Gosh, do I hire somebody under the table or do I let myself go out of business?’ It’s a tough situation all the way around. And the Biden policies are creating this.”
Hagerty on the exodus of voters from failed blue states to thriving red states: “I think people vote with their feet, you take a conservatively run state like Tennessee, that’s thriving. They see what we’re doing with no state income tax, with proper regulatory approach, for a business friendly environment where companies can come and grow. You know, they’re attracted to that. That’s why we’re seeing so many people leave these bankrupt states like California, like Illinois, like Michigan and move in droves to Texas, Tennessee, and others.”