Vice President Kamala Harris is taking heavy criticism for her claim that the Democrats nearly $2 trillion reconciliation plan will not come with a cost.
“I think it’s important to also stress that it’s not going to cost anything for the American taxpayer,” she said.
An array of critics of the plan have pointed out that not only will the plan cost taxpayers through taxes, but it will also add to the national debt. Democrats have also struggled to choose between several tax increases to help fund the plan.
“That is just blatantly false and stupid,” said Ben Shapiro. “The entire premise of it ‘costing nothing’ is that it won’t add to the debt (a lie), not that it won’t cost taxpayers anything (the biggest lie ever).”
Even Sen. Bernie Sander, I-Vt., has seemed to contradict Harris, pointing out that both the infrastructure bill and the reconciliation plan will add to the deficit.
“Interesting. Conservative Dems want to make sure that Build Back Better is fully paid for at exactly the same time that they voted for an infrastructure bill that, according to the CBO, increases the federal deficit by $256 billion,” Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said. “Not very consistent!”
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce said this week the bill could be much more expensive than advertised.
“As currently drafted, the reconciliation bill would expand or create new entitlement programs and refundable tax credits, but then sunsets many of these programs – in some cases after just one year – to disguise the true cost of the bill,” the group said in a letter to Congress. “Given that that the bill’s proponents clearly intend for these programs to continue past their sunset, lawmakers should be provided with a Congressional Budget Office estimate of the true cost of the bill if these programs were permanent. Experts at the Penn Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania have estimated that if these programs were made permanent, the actual cost of the spending included in the bill would be $4.1 trillion.”