U.S. House Democrats send sweeping climate, health and tax legislation to Biden

Nebraska Republicans join House GOP colleagues in criticizing bill

By: - August 12, 2022 4:51 pm

The Inflation Reduction act caps the cost of insulin for Medicare recipients at $35. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Bacon and Rep. Mike Flood, R-Neb., who represents eastern Nebraska’s 1st District, focused part of their post-vote statements on the bill’s funds to hire more help at the Internal Revenue Service. People who know the agency have said the bill would restore IRS staffing to levels from previous decades.

Flood said he “emphatically voted no on this” bill, and that he would “continue to push back on President Biden’s tax and spend agenda.”

“As the nation’s economy slides further into recession and inflation wreaks havoc on household budgets, congressional Democrats are only making life harder for working Americans who are trying to put food on the table and make a better life for their families,” Flood said.

Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Neb., who serves Nebraska’s sprawling and largely rural 3rd District, wrote in a recent column to his constituents that people who are serious about reducing inflation understand “you can’t achieve this by spending hundreds of billions upfront and allowing deficit reduction to trickle in over the next decade.”

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Jennifer Shutt
Jennifer Shutt

Jennifer covers the nation’s capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Her coverage areas include congressional policy, politics and legal challenges with a focus on health care, unemployment, housing and aid to families.