The former acting White House chief of staff Maria slammed President Biden's infrastructure bill during an appearance on FOX Business'Mornings with Mick Mulvaney, who argued that the numbers in the$ 2.3 trillion spending plan are bizarrely large.
BIDEN ADVISER ARGUES FOR update' TO CHANGE OF 'INFRASTRUCTURE' WHILE PITCHING BROAD$ 2 T SPENDING PLAN MICK MULVANEY: First off, I do n't think people know how much$ 2 trillion is.
I think the proposed 2.3 is and each time we do that, it sounds like it's a small change from 2 trillion to 2.3 trillion. That's$ 300 billion; The overall budget of the United States government, the budget that we wrote at the Office of Management and Budget every year, was about$ 1.3 billion. So this bill alone, which may get a couple of weeks worth of debate, will spend almost twice as much as the entire Federal Government does in a single year. It's got bits and pieces in it that are just mind-blowing. I think there are$ 400 billion dollars for care for the elderly and their caregivers. Let's have that debate. But that's not infrastructure; I think it's got$ 200 billion for affordable housing. Do not forget the infrastructure budget, the entire Housing and Urban Development agencies budget is only$ 50 billion a year. That's the entire agency; this one bill proposes to spend four times that on a single line item in the HUD regular budget. So the numbers are just huge, bizarrely huge, it makes you wonder if it's really a political bill or if it's simply designed to make serious points of view? I think the best evidence of the fact that it's not really an infrastructure bill is that the Democrats are talking about reconciliation because both parties have been trying for several years now to pass a reconciliation bill for- excuse me, an infrastructure bill. They got bogged down during the administration of Donald Trump over the Democrats' refusal to build environmental regulations and delays in constructing roads and bridges. The simple fact that Democrats are talking about reconciliation means they know they 're not going to get any Republican support, especially in the Senate. Why is this? Because it's not an infrastructure bill, if it was a regular infrastructure bill, it could pass by itself. Reconciliation, one of those really boring inside-the beltway discussion types about how to pass something in the Senate with only 50 votes. traditionally, you would never be able to do that more than twice a year.
Democrats are now talking about using it again and again and again to pass their agenda. Your network is doing a good job on it, but most media is hiding the fact that Republicans are not interested in bipartisanship, not interested in working with Democrats. In fact, they are n't even interested in working with their own moderate wing of their own party. Some people have come out and said that this infrastructure bill is five times too small. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW.