More than two years since “fifteen days to slow the spread,” lawmakers are still using COVID-19 as an excuse to blow out spending, fuelling rampant inflation. The original $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan itself is a partisan boondoggle that increases the deficit by nearly $1.86 trillion over ten years. Retroactively increasing appropriations by such a dramatic margin is nothing short of irresponsible.
Inflation is currently front and center in the minds of millions of Americans who are watching as prices skyrocket and their savings diminish. The last thing they need is for Congress to make matters worse by tacking on an additional $60 billion to the nearly $6 trillion already appropriated to combat COVID-19.
The best thing lawmakers can do is put in place meaningful fiscal reforms that focus on reducing our more than $30 trillion national debt and combatting inflation. It’s past time to move beyond COVID-19 and address our urgent fiscal needs.
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