WASHINGTON—United States Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) yesterday joined guest host Tammy Bruce on The Ingraham Angle to discuss the Democrats’ reckless $3.5 trillion tax-and-spend spree, and why he refused to expedite a vote on final passage of the Senate infrastructure bill.
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Hagerty on refusing to expedite Chuck Schumer’s spending: “Every one of my colleagues is going to have to make their own decision. It’s a matter of conscience. But one thing that’s clear, this thing was advertised to be paid for. And as you said, a very complex bill over 2,700 pages. To put it into context, the King James Bible is a little over 1,300 pages—a massive bill. And when they fell short over a quarter of a trillion dollars, this was just announced a few hours before Chuck Schumer tried to expedite this and pass it in the middle of the night last night. I wasn’t going to stand for that. The American public needs to understand what we’re looking at. My colleagues, I think, need a closer look at what we’re looking at. Particularly with budget shortfall of a quarter of a trillion dollars, we’re going to park that much more debt, that much more inflation, on our economy, and on our children and grandchildren.”
Hagerty on representing the best interests of taxpayers: “The people of Tennessee didn’t elect me to be popular in the Senate. They didn’t elect me to make things convenient for Chuck Schumer. They elected me to represent their best interests, and to represent the best interest of the taxpayers of America. And when something like this occurs when a complex bill like this passes, not through normal order, not through committees, but through a different process altogether. We’ve not had enough time to review it. They initially tried to pass it through with no text whatsoever… then it turns out that we can’t pay for it. And we find this out just hours before there’s an accelerated process that Chuck Schumer again is trying to set up.”
Hagerty on Democrats’ $3.5 trillion tax-and-spend spree: “The bigger concern is that Chuck Schumer is trying to accelerate this through last night in the dark of night to put the big deficit shortfall in the rear view mirror. So it can move right into the $3.5 trillion infrastructure package, which is not really infrastructure, it’s the Green New Deal renamed. That’s going to bring more taxes. It’s going to destroy the fossil fuel industry. It’s going to be more Obamacare. It’s going to push more American jobs overseas, and it’s going to make China laugh again all the way to the back. That’s my greatest concern. And we’re moving right into that. And the last thing I want to do is accelerate that process for Chuck Schumer.”