Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview Tuesday that Senate Republicans who continue to cooperate with Democrats on infrastructure bills would only be “complicit” in enabling the Democrats’ leftist agenda and allowing for even more inflation.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) remains poised to hold a procedural vote this week on the vehicle of the $1 trillion infrastructure package. The vote would require ten Senate Republican votes to have the bipartisan bill vehicle proceed; however, many Senate Republicans, led by Johnson, have led the fight against the bipartisan bill.
Johnson, one of the Senate Republicans leading the fight against the Democrat-led infrastructure bills, released a statement last week with Sens. Rick Scott (R-FL), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Mike Lee (R-UT), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Braun (R-IN), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), and Bill Hagerty (R-TN), charging that by supporting the bipartisan infrastructure bill, they would only enable Democrats to pass their mammoth $3.5 trillion “infrastructure” bill.
Johnson said in his interview that supporting the $1 trillion coronavirus bill would help enable the Democrats’ to pass their “infrastructure” bill that would dramatically expand the scope of the federal government and create countless leftist programs.
Johnson told Breitbart News that if Republicans are “cooperative and complicit” with the $1 trillion bipartisan bill, the Democrat bill is “just going to be backfilled with more long-term entitlements, welfare, liberal, radical wishlist spending proposals. And, so as we wrote in our press release, joining the Democrats in this bipartisan infrastructure bill enables the reckless tax and spending spree on party Democrats. So, I don’t I don’t understand why any Republican one would want to be complicit in doing that.”
The Wisconsin senator compared the Senate Republicans backing the bipartisan bill to Charlie Brown in the Peanuts comic, suggesting that Democrats, as Lucy Brown, would pull the proverbial football at the last minute and fool Republicans into enabling their legislative agenda.
“Nancy Pelosi will not move on the infrastructure bill until they pass the Senate passes the reckless tax and spending spree. So, every Republican that would vote for the bipartisan infrastructure has to know that they’re leaving a void that will be filled in the $3.5 trillion package. So they have to be fully aware of it,” Johnson said.
“I hope Republicans realize they’re just going to be the Charlie Browns to the Democrats’ Lucy once again here. I don’t see how they how they can’t see that at this point,” he said.
Republicans have frequently attacked President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats for the rampant inflation that has emerged under the first seventh months of Biden’s administration. However, Johnson warned that supporting a bipartisan infrastructure bill with little-t0-no spending offsets — which could also enable Democrats to back a $3.5 trillion trillion coronavirus bill to pass — could lead to more inflation and muddy Republicans’ rhetoric against Democrats.