As Americans face high prices at the gas station as well as higher food costs, several Democratic members of Congress has proposed a “stimulus check” plan that would ease the burden on consumers – but a number Republicans has come out against the idea.
Three House Democrats – Representatives Mike Thompson of California, John Larson of Connecticut and Lauren Underwood of Illinois –introduced a bill on Wednesday it would provide an energy rebate to Americans under certain conditions. The plan would provide a $ 100 rebate as well as an additional $ 100 for each dependent child to U.S. families over the course of a month, with the average national gas price exceeding $ 4 per month. gallon.
Republicans reacted quickly negatively Democrats‘ proposals. They argued that the federal government should work to counter rising inflation and work to produce more fuel domestically.
“Democrats want gasoline ‘stimulus’ check,” GOP senator Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee tweeted Thursday. “Instead, let’s deal with the root cause. It’s time for the United States to restart the Keystone pipeline, drill domestically and become a net exporter of oil and gas.”
“Democrats’ energy policies are handing out more money we don’t have,” Representative Kelly Armstrong, a North Dakota Republican and member of the House Energy and Commerce Energy Subcommittee, told the Daily Caller. “It’s a recipe for disaster,” the congressman said.
“Allow us to get infrastructure in the ground, and we will supply energy not only to the United States, but to some of our allies who could really use it right now,” Armstrong added.
Representative Ralph Norman, a Republican from South Carolina, beat the Democrats for blaming Russia for high gas prices – which had already been raised before Putin internationally condemned invasion of Ukraine.
“Democrats will not take responsibility for crushing American energy, instead blaming Putin and wanting to send taxpayers just a few hundred dollars of their own money back to them to alleviate the pain Bidens’ policy created,” Norman told the Daily Caller . “What a slap in the face,” the congressman said.
“Two questions about these Stimulus checks for high gas prices: Where does the money come from, AND do Democrats buy gas or vote?” Lavern Spicer, a GOP congressional candidate in Florida tweeted Thursday.
Newsweek contacted a spokesman for the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, to ask if Democratic leaders plan to push the proposal forward. The spokesman did not respond immediately Friday.
Inflation has become a significant problem for the United States – as well as for countries around the world. Republicans have blamed the president Joe Biden and Democrats, who argue that their social spending during the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a rise in prices. However, trillions of dollars in spending were also approved with bipartisan support and approved by the former president Donald Trump also in 2020.
In March 2020, Congress passed an initial round of $ 1,200 stimulus checks that went out to most Americans as lockdowns took effect across the country. So in December, Congress again approved a new round of $ 600 direct payments to the majority of Americans. After Biden took office, Democrats pushed through a party-political spending plan that yielded an additional round of $ 1,400 checks.
The stimulus control was very popular, and millions of Americans demanded even more as the economic outcome of the pandemic took root. A popular petition on Change.org urges the federal government to give Americans $ 2,000 stimulus checks each month as long as the pandemic continues. It has been signed by more than 3 million people.
Meanwhile, with Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, Biden and other Democrats have tried to blame Russia for the high cost of gas. While the war is further aggravate already existing supply chain problems and is expected to push up gas prices further, inflation had risen to four decades high before the assault. Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnella Kentucky Republican, slammed Biden for blaming Putin solely for inflation.
“Democrats ‘ruthless consumption, which has led to inflation across the board, has made Americans’ pain at the pump even worse. But in the last few days, the Biden administration has been trying to invent some laugh-out-loud-laugh-out-loud revisionist history,” McConnell said in a speech in the Senate on March 10.