Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) was one of 19 Republicans in the Senate who voted in favor of Joe Biden’s bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure spending bill. Other GOP lawmakers and supporters have been concerned about where he stands on Biden’s massive budget reconciliation “Build Back Better” spending bill, especially since Democrats cannot afford to lose a single vote from its caucus if no Republicans vote for the bill.
On ABC News, Cassidy said Sunday “This Week” that he will not vote for the “bad, bad bill” because it will lead to greater inflation and costs too much.
The senator said that the bill includes “things that don’t like a sunset” and would cost $4.65 trillion on top of projected spending, citing a study from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
He added that “one-third” of the expenditures in the bill is “tax cuts for billionaires” and said the bill is full of corporate welfare. He expected the bill to raise gas prices by 20 cents per gallon and dictate how preschools are run nationwide.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) appeared on the same broadcast and said that she believes the Senate will vote on the bill before Christmas. The bill is having some trouble garnering support from all Democrats, like Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) have expressed concern about the spending packages and tax increases contained in the bill. Democratic Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has objected to the bill because it does not go far enough to carry out his progressive spending wishes.
Cassidy, a physician, said that he agrees with Dr. Anthony Fauci in calling for continued efforts to promote COVID-19 vaccinations. He urged Americans to get vaccinated and to “get your booster shot.” He said that he wants people to “follow the recommendations” and supports shots for children.
He added that he believes it is clear that “previous infection gives immunity.” He said that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “American people know they’re getting gamed a little bit.”