Sen. Roy Blunt lied and tried to tell reporters that the infrastructure would cost $ 3.5 billion in one year if the costs were spread over a decade.
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The Democrats’ $ 3.5 billion tax and spending campaign is 67% higher than the $ 2.1 billion that all 50 states spent together in 2019. Let it sink in. pic.twitter.com/oyWKEKM9qa
– Senator Roy Blunt (@RoyBlunt) 28 September 2021
Blunt claimed that no one knows what a billion dollars is, and said: ‘The police staff checked and in 2019 all 50 states, compiled, spent $ 2.1 billion. All the government spending in the United States, including the money from the federal government, we gave to them, like the federal highway funds they spent, which was $ 2.1 billion, all 50 states.
Blunt reiterates his false claim a third time that the reconciliation bill costs more than spending all 50 states.
Sen Blunt’s claim is untrue because the cost of the reconciliation bill is spread over ten years, so the annual cost is $ 350 billion, or about one-eighth of what states spend in a year.
Sen Blunt’s lie was met with severe punishment
GovTrack noted that the actual cost of the account is 80% less than what states spend in a year.
– GovTrack.🇺🇸 (@govtrack) 28 September 2021
Sam Stein tweeted:
It is…. dom. That’s $ 3.5t over ten years. no in a year.
Alternatively…. the Pentagon budget was $ 703.7 billion in 2021. Let’s say they looked like that for ten years. This is 7 billion plus. Or, roughly, twice as large as this bill. https://t.co/umDMt7APR5
– Sam Stein (@samstein) 28 September 2021
Republicans know that the policy is popular in the bill, and therefore they lie about the cost.
Sen. Blunt did not speak wrong. He tried to create a point of conversation, but his talking point is so blatantly false that it was quickly denied. Republicans do not want to argue against the provisions of the Build Back Better agenda, so they try to scare people with lies about the cost.
It will not work.
All Sen Blunt did was reveal how willing Republicans are to lie when it means they should not give the American people what they want.
Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House press officer and a congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason holds a bachelor’s degree in political science. His graduate work focuses on public policy, specializing in social reform movements.
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