WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) joined Fox Business Network’s Varney & Co. to discuss President Biden’s joint address to Congress. Whip Scalise called out President Biden for letting the socialist left control his administration’s agenda and criticized the President for creating the ongoing humanitarian and national security crisis at the southern border. In addition, Whip Scalise emphasized that House Republicans will use every opportunity to fight President Biden’s attempts to raise taxes on middle class families and waste trillions of dollars of taxpayer money.
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On President Biden’s empty rhetoric and broken promises:
“[Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez] couldn’t have written a more kind of far-left socialist speech than what President Biden delivered and frankly I think everybody knows the very far-left elements of the Democrat Party are the ones who are controlling President Biden’s agenda. I don’t really know what he stands for in terms of what his agenda is, but he’s carrying out theirs. And it’s trillions in more spending. It’s going to be trillions in higher taxes. And by the way, anybody who that thinks Bernie Sanders who is the Senate Budget Committee Chairman is going to stop taxing at $400,000 or whatever the number is going to be, the middle class knows they will be paying higher taxes under this Biden plan if he gets it, and I hope he doesn’t get it, because it will slow our economy down. It will lead to bigger problems and more crises at our border, which President Biden created. He did that with the stroke of a pen by getting rid of well-negotiated agreements with Mexico and the Northern Triangle countries that President Trump negotiated. So, I hope that he doesn’t go down the socialist road even further, but he’s already spent trillions of dollars and every employer today will tell you they can’t get workers because we’re paying people not to work.”
On middle class families bearing the brunt of Democrats’ socialist agenda:
“There’s definitely a sugar high that comes with this idea of everything being free, but innately Americans know there is no such thing as a free lunch. Somebody’s got to pay for it and usually, it’s everybody in the middle class. The lower-income people are the ones who end up paying the bill for these [kinds] of massive spending programs, that’s how history [has born] out.
“By the way, when [President Biden] talked about the charging stations, this is a really good example Stuart. So, 97 percent of Americans do not drive electric cars. Nothing wrong with electric cars, but the idea that we’re going to be spending billions of dollars to put charging stations all over America — do you know how they actually pay for that? Because it doesn’t get plugged into a tree, it’s plugged into your electrical grid. And families, mostly low-income families, will be paying higher electricity bills because that’s going to be on their electricity bill. Ninety seven percent of Americans paying for the top three percent’s electric vehicles’ charging stations — that’s the kind of stuff Biden didn’t talk about last night, but that’s where the devil is in the details. They don’t want you to know that, but everybody knows they’re going to pay for this stuff because somebody’s got to pay for it. And, you know, whoever is the rich and who’s paying their fair share, everybody who’s paying taxes is going to pay more money. So maybe if you’re not paying taxes, you think you’re going to get away with this. If you pay an electricity bill, you’re going to pay more. If you have any kind of income tax that you pay, you will be paying more for this plan.”