Repost from The Virginia Star.
Virginia Democrats trumpeted the Inflation Reduction Act after the House of Representatives passed the legislation on Friday, putting President Joe Biden on the path to a key win on his goals ahead of the 2022 congressional midterms. At the same time, Republicans mocked the bill’s title and criticized its policies.
In a speech on the House Floor, Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA-08) compared the bill to landmark legislation from the country’s past.
“This is our generation’s signature contribution to American history. Our social security act, our civil rights act, even the Bill of Rights,” Beyer said. “The act will lower health care costs, reduce prescription drug prices, and create jobs. We have emphatically put people over politics.”
Beyer is the chair of Congress’ Joint Economic Committee.
No Virginia Democrats voted against the bill Friday, and no Virginia Republicans voted for it. In separate releases, Republicans cited many of the same concerns about policies in the bill: clean energy provisions, expanded IRS enforcement, and higher taxes.
Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA-09) said in a release, “Under the misleading and inaccurate title of the ‘Inflation Reduction Act,’ Democrats put together a wrongheaded wish list that will raise taxes, unleash the IRS, implement the Green New Deal, and impose cure-killing price controls in medicine.”
Congressman Bob Good (R-VA-05) said in a statement, “Speaker Pelosi hurriedly called us back to Washington because she knows Build Back Bankrupt 2.0 would not stand up to scrutiny by the American people if they waited till after Labor Day to vote on it. Meanwhile, there is an invasion on our Southern Border. The price of food, clothing and rent is still on the rise. Our military is suffering a recruiting crisis because of mandates and misplaced priorities. And, our kids are being sent back to schools who are more concerned about indoctrination than excellent education.”