Rep. Cheney Warns Middle Class Will Ultimately Pay For Biden Infrastructure Plan

Rep. Cheney Warns Middle Class Will Ultimately Pay For Biden Infrastructure Plan liz cheney speaks, wearing a coat, against steps Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., speaks during a news conference with fellow House Republicans on Dec. 10, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Sunday, 11 April 2021 02:19 PM

Rep. Liz Cheney R-Wyo., chair of the House GOP Conference, warned Sunday that President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan will ultimately wind up raising taxes on the middle class.

In an interview on CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” Cheney said the whole bill will have to be “redone” if it’s going to win bipartisan support.

“You are certainly going to see in addition to the corporate tax increases in the bill, you'll see middle-class tax increases,” she said of the $2.3 trillion proposal.”

“This is a pattern that we watch the Democrats use time and again, where they massively increase spending,” she said. “They massively expand the size and scope of the federal government, and then they come back around and impose middle-class tax increases. So those are not things that we support, not things that I support.”

To get the bill to a place where it will garner support will require an overhaul, she said.

The “bill would need to be fundamentally redone,” she said.

“It would need to be a different bill. It would need to actually focus on infrastructure, not on so many of the additional Green New Deal spending priorities, spending priorities that are focused on helping Democrat allies around the country.”

According to Cheney, much of the current bill is “unnecessary.”

“Six percent is actually focused on the kind of infrastructure that there is bipartisan support for,” she said. “So I would urge Democrats, let's focus on that.”

Cheney also refuted the assertion by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., that the nation is “in a good place” in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.

“January 6th was clearly an attack that was attempted to stop the counting of electoral votes,” she said, adding: “We're not in a good place. We absolutely need and it is [Pelosi’s] responsibility to create a commission, a bipartisan commission to study what happened, to understand what the provocation was, to understand what happened, to make sure that it never happens again.”

“The version that she put forward was not bipartisan,” she said. “It was very heavily partisan towards the Democrats. This is a serious issue. It shouldn't be a partisan issue.”

Cheney also harshly criticized former President Donald Trump for giving a speech at Mar-a-Lago, where he reportedly spoke in proud terms about the crowd size on Jan. 6 and criticized former Vice President Mike Pence for not doing more to stop the Electoral College count.

“The former president is using the same language that he knows provoked violence on Jan. 6,” she said.

During the speech, Trump vowed to help Republicans win seats in Congress in 2022 elections but lashed out at two top party figures, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell and Pence.

“The key to this triumphant future will be to build on the gains our amazing movement has made over the past four years,” Trump told hundreds of leading Republican donors, according to the prepared remarks. “Under our leadership, we welcomed millions upon millions of new voters into the Republican coalition. We transformed the Republican Party into a party that truly fights for all Americans.”

Parting from the prepared text of his speech, Trump called McConnell a "son of a b—h," according to several accounts.

Departing again from his prepared text, Trump said he had spoken to Pence recently and told him he was still disappointed in him, an attendee said.

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