During an interview on Newsmax, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) asserted that Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) opposition to President Joe Biden’s latest ‘scaled-back’ version of the $2 trillion “Build Back Better” budget reconciliation bill is “a sigh of relief” for the American people.
Appearing on Newsmax’s “The Record With Greta Van Susteren,” Scott celebrated Manchin’s “crushing blow” to the legislation — which the West Virginia Democrat opposes due to inflationary concerns — and pointed out the damage the bill would do to the economy.
“I prefer to call it ‘Build Back Broker’ because the truth of the matter is [Democrats] must not understand what causes inflation,” Scott said. “When you think about adding more fuel to the fire, or more money to the economy, you’re literally talking about increasing inflation.”
“When you increase taxes on our corporations, on our small businesses, you’re reducing profit and you’re reducing the number of jobs that are available,” the South Carolina senator added. “So, thank goodness the crushing blow dealt by Joe Manchin is a sigh of relief for the American people. We are far better off with the BBB being DOA, dead on arrival.”
Speaking on a West Virginia podcast on Friday, Manchin announced that he would not be supporting the efforts of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to pass the scaled-down version of Biden’s “Build Back Better” legislation until he was able to review July economic reports to ensure that further federal spending would not increase inflation even more.
“I said, ‘Chuck, until we see the July inflation figures until we see the July Federal Reserve [interest] rates, let’s wait until that comes out so we know we are going down the path that won’t be inflammatory to inflation,’” the Democrat senator said during the podcast.
“Inflation is absolutely killing many, many people,” Manchin added. “They can’t buy gasoline, they have a hard time buying groceries, everything they buy and consume for their daily lives is a hardship to them.”
Senate Democrats need the support of Manchin, who is widely considered to be the most moderate Democrat in Congress, in order to get any legislation passed through the chamber, which is evenly split.
When asked by Newsmax host Greta Van Susteren what Manchin’s Democrat colleagues think of him, Scott noted that they should be “patting him on the back” and thanking him for not making their predicted losses in the upcoming November midterms as bad as they could have been if the legislation had passed.
“They should be patting him on the back and quietly whispering into his ears, ‘Thank you so much for making these midterms — instead of it being a bloodbath, so to speak — making it better for us,’ because if what the Democrats wanted became law, we would have higher inflation. Not 9.1%, the highest in 40 years, but I would believe that it would be over 10% inflation,” Scott said.