White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has claimed that Republicans are opposing President Biden's spending proposal because they are "rooting for inflation."
"Q: Why, when Americans are seeing higher prices, are Republicans united against a bill to lower core costs on prescription drugs, health care, child care, and elder care? A: They're rooting for inflation," Psaki tweeted.
Q: Why, when Americans are seeing higher prices, are Republicans united against a bill to lower core costs on prescription drugs, health care, child care, and elder care?\n \nA: They\u2019re rooting for inflation.https://twitter.com/tripgabriel/status/1460329346774843398\u00a0\u2026— Jen Psaki (@Jen Psaki) 1637106914
She made the comment while retweeting a post that included quotes from GOP Sen. Rick Scott of Florida, who is the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
"You can see what's going to happen next. We're going to continue to have inflation, and then interest rates will go up," Scott said, according to the Wall Street Journal. "This is a gold mine for us."
Democrats hope to ram through the massive spending proposal, which they claim would actually alleviate the nation's inflation problem.
"The best way to address inflation is to pass a bill that creates jobs, reduces bottlenecks, and is totally paid for by making sure the wealthy pay their fair share. That's just what we're doing with the Build Back Better Act," a tweet posted last week on Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer's official account reads.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported significant increases in the consumer price index.
"The all items index rose 6.2 percent for the 12 months ending October, the largest 12-month increase since the period ending November 1990," BLS noted. "The energy index rose 30.0 percent over the last 12 months, and the food index increased 5.3 percent."
Psaki recently noted that the Biden administration believes that rising fuel prices bolster the argument for a shift toward clean energy.
"Look, our view is that the rise in gas prices over the longterm makes an even stronger case for doubling down our investment and our focus on clean energy options so that we are not relying on the fluctuations and OPEC ... " Psaki said during a press briefing.
Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, who has been a roadblock in Democrats' efforts to pass the president's spending proposal, has sounded the alarm about inflation and the financial hardship it causes.
"By all accounts, the threat posed by record inflation to the American people is not "transitory" and is instead getting worse. From the grocery store to the gas pump, Americans know the inflation tax is real and DC can no longer ignore the economic pain Americans feel every day," declared a tweet posted last week on Manchin's account.