(CNSNews.com) - "Democrats are on the march to big-government socialism," Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) warned on Tuesday, as he pointed to a "blowout" $3.5 trillion spending spree laid out in 2,465 pages.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has described the Democrats' reconciliation bill as "100 bills in one, representing every big-government idea that's never been able to pass in Congress." The mammoth bill emerged from the House Budget Committee on Saturday.
"This is blowout spending which they're recommending and trying to pass this week," Barrasso said. "Every Republican is committed to defeating this bill because we know how much damage it will do to our economy and our nation. This spending is on a scale not seen before in our country."
"How many Democrats do you think have read this? Barrasso asked:
Do you think Nancy Pelosi's read it? Do you think Chuck Schumer's read it? Do you think Joe Biden, who is desperately begging Democrats to pass it, do you think he's read it? Do you think he knows what's in it?
And now President Biden has stooped so low in his desperation that he said that the cost of this bill would be nothing. He tweeted it would be zero.
Mr. President, the American people are a lot smarter than you may believe because the American people are smart enough to not believe you when you say the cost of this bill will be zero. The American people, the hardworking men and women of this country, clearly understand that they will be the ones left holding the bill to pay for this reckless tax and spending spree.
The American people are already paying a cost and feeling the bite of inflation, their paychecks being eaten away every time they go to the grocery store or the gas station. And inside that bill, there's funding for an additional army of IRS agents to squeeze more taxpayer dollars out of hardworking Americans.
This bill represents Bernie Sanders' socialist dream. It is a nightmare for the American taxpayers. And that's why every Republican is committed to doing absolutely everything we can to defeat it because we understand the permanent damage that it will do to our economy and our nation.
Do the math, Barrasso said:
"When you talk about $3.5 trillion, and there are estimates that it's way above that...that's over $10,000 for every man, woman, and child in America. That's a really heavy lift.
“Now let's see how heavy of a lift it is: $3.5 trillion. This is their bill, 2,500 pages. If you take a look at $3.5 trillion price tag and you do the math, that's $1,400,000,000 for every page of this bill."
Democrats insist that their $3.5 trillion bill must pass before the smaller, $1.2 trillion "bipartisan" infrastructure bill comes up for a vote in the House. So the total combined price tag is at least $4.7 trillion, as things stand now.
The smaller bill has already passed the Senate, but its fate is uncertain in the House, where a vote is scheduled for Thursday.
Dems 'trying to do everything in 51 votes'
At the same news conference, Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) noted that Democrats control the government, but only by the slimmest of margins:
The Democrats have unified government here in Washington, D.C. They have the House, they have the Senate, and they have the White House. Now, they have the House and they have the Senate by essentially even margins. I mean, basically, for all intents and purposes, these margins in the House and Senate are dead even.
In spite of that, the Democrats decided from the time they took power that they were going to drive this agenda, and they were going to do everything at 51 votes, one party. Even though they have the narrowest of margins, very narrowest of margins, they decided to do everything with one-party control. They did that with the spending bill back in March, the $2 trillion spending bill.
And they've decided now to do the largest expansion of government since the new deal at 51 votes and the largest tax increase in decades at 51 votes. That is not what the American people told them. That isn't the mandate they were given. These are the narrowest of majorities, and yet they're trying to do everything in 51 votes.
At news conference on the House side on Tuesday, Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.), vice chairman of the House Republican Conference, also rejected the Democrats' claim that they have a mandate to ram through their entire agenda through the reconciliation process (which requires only 51 all-Democrat votes):
"Democrats have a mere three-seat majority in the House. There's a 50-50 deadlock in the Senate. Does any objective person think their mandate is to ram through the most partisan, most expensive legislative package in the history of this country using the slimmest majority possible?
"And before they even tell the American people what's in it, we say, no way. If they hadn't just voted to legalize abortion up until the moment of birth, I'd say this was the most ridiculous thing we've ever seen."