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How Democrats’ Build Back Better Plan Would Spike Seniors’ Drug Costs

Government price-setting of prescription drugs is zombie legislation that just won’t die. After briefly being excised due to opposition from moderate legislators, the latest version of congressional Democrats’ $4 trillion Build Back Better reconciliation bill includes a provision to allow the government to set Medicare drug prices. “Democrats announced they have sealed a deal [on] pharmaceutical drug costs for seniors,”…

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A Republican Vote To Raise The Debt Limit Is A Vote For Democrats’ $3.5 Trillion Spending Spree

According to conventional wisdom, congressional Republicans have no power to block Democrat plans to ram through $3.5 trillion in tax increases and new spending on welfare programs (among other things). Democrat lawmakers hope to use the budget reconciliation process to pass the legislation through the Senate with 51 votes — all Democrats plus Vice President Kamala Harris. Under this theory,…

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Democrats’ $3.5 Trillion Budget Resolution Would Transform The U.S. Economy As We Know It

The weeks upon weeks of negotiations leading up to the passage of a $1 trillion infrastructure bill were just the prelude to the absolute whopper that is the Bernie Sanders budget resolution, which hit the wires Monday morning and will hit the Senate floor Tuesday. The $3.5 trillion document is a full-on attempt to remake the American economy, the labor markets,…

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Democrats Angry Debt Limit Might Pause Their Overspending Spree

A typical Washington fight erupted last week, as Democrats expressed outrage at the thought of anyone or anything slowing down their “tax-and-spend express.” The controversy emerged when Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, made comments to Punchbowl News regarding an increase in the debt limit: I can’t imagine there will be a single Republican voting to raise the debt ceiling…

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No, Democrats Can’t Use Budget Reconciliation To Offer Mass Amnesty

Recently, Rep. Jesus Garcia, D-Illinois, joined President Biden in political hostage-taking. Garcia claimed he “will support a budget reconciliation package only if it includes provisions to grant a pathway to citizenship to a broad spectrum of the country’s undocumented population.” Unfortunately for Garcia, procedural concerns—quite apart from whether Democrats have the votes and political will to pass an immigration package…

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This Ruling Might Ultimately Torpedo Democrats’ Dangerous Legislative Agenda

An advisory ruling from an obscure Washington official last week might complicate the Biden administration’s efforts to push trillions of dollars in new taxes and spending. Multiple news stories confirmed the opinion from the Senate parliamentarian, Elizabeth MacDonough, which was not released publicly. In sum, it presents Democrats a potentially difficult decision later this year: they will either have to…

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