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Buchanan: Americans are Paying the Price for Democrats’ Partisan Pandemic Politics

February 08, 2022

Americans are losing patience with Democrats’ partisan pandemic politics, top Republican on the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) writes in an op-ed for Fox News.


America’s working families are falling further behind as a result of Democrats’ wasteful spending spree: skyrocketing inflation, stagnant wages, and an economy that is no longer working for them.


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  • “Americans want commonsense solutions and real results, not political power plays by the majority party. The Democrats’ one-party rule of Washington have blinded them to a fundamental truth – pandemics are not partisan.”
  • “Yet despite being advertised as a ‘COVID relief package,’ less than 9 percent of the funding went directly to fight the virus. The rest indulged progressive priorities that dramatically increased wasteful spending and fueled a spike in inflation we have not witnessed in 40 years.”
  • “This reckless, liberal spending spree was the direct result of one-party politics. And it’s the American people who pay the price as spiraling costs for food, housing, and energy eat away at their hard-earned paychecks.
  • “Here again, Democrats had an opportunity to work together with Republicans to find commonsense solutions, but they chose the partisan path instead. For instance, during our Ways and Means Committee work, Republicans offered amendments that would divert tax dollars away from wasteful spending and toward coronavirus testing, rural health and protecting seniors. But Democrats refused. They chose to prioritize party over public health.”
  • “The Democrats’ bill also does nothing to promote longer-term economic growth. Its main emphasis is on the demand-side of the economy, putting short-term money in people’s pockets through a variety of government spending programs. This imbalance – short-term demand-side stimulus without attention to the supply side – is another reason why inflation is now red hot. As a result, a recent report from a nonpartisan group at the University of Pennsylvania found that American families spent $3,500 more on average in 2021 than in 2020.”
  • “The American people are justifiably tired and frustrated with COVID, but they are also quickly losing patience with Democrat politicians that promote partisan power over commonsense solutions. A year into the Biden presidency, Democrats have missed numerous opportunities to bring the country together to fight the virus and grow the economy.”

CLICK HERE to read the full op-ed.