Donald Trump is lashing out against Joe Biden‘s latest infrastructure victory after Senate Democrats passed the framework for a $3.5 trillion bill in a 50-49 party line vote around 4 a.m. Wednesday morning.
‘Good morning, America! While you were all sleeping, the Radical Democrats advanced a plan that will be known as the $3.5 trillion Communist Plan to Destroy America,’ the ex-president wrote in a late Wednesday morning statement.
He called the legislation an attack against ‘our Nation, on our communities, and on the American Dream.’
Trump took aim at specific portions of the bill that would grant amnesty for millions of migrant workers and allocates $67 billion toward environmental initiatives.
‘It destroys our Borders and the rule of law by granting dangerous amnesty that will flood America’s beautiful cities. It will overwhelm our schools, and make our Nation less safe,’ the former president wrote.
Trump raged against Democrats’ infrastructure framework bill in a late Wednesday morning tweet
He said it would ‘destroy’ US borders and told Americans it’s ‘time to wake up’
‘And don’t forget the crazy Green New Deal. America, you are being robbed in the dark of night. It’s time to wake up!’
Trump also claimed it ‘raises taxes like we have never seen, while also making many things you buy everyday more expensive (gas, groceries, and much more).’
Democrats led by Majority Leader Chuck Schumer were able to pass the bill after 14 grueling hours of debate. Republican opponents have called it everything from ‘Bernie’s budget’ to ‘a freight train to socialism.’
Other Republicans have blasted the bill as ‘Bernie’s budget’ after self-proclaimed Democratic socialist Senator Bernie Sanders lauded it as a help to American families
Trump was last seen leaving Trump Tower in New York City Tuesday with seemingly no fanfare
He appeared to be headed for his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey
The $3.5 trillion framework makes no mention of the Green New Deal, but includes investments for clean vehicles, funding for ‘low-income solar and other climate-friendly technologies’ and clean water initiatives.
It allocates $107 billion toward the Judiciary Committee for ‘lawful permanent status for qualified immigrants,’ funding for ‘smart and effective’ border security and an initiative to curb community violence.
Democrats said the hefty budget bill would be funded by raising taxes on high-earning families and corporations.
Biden previously pledged that taxes won’t go up for households making less than $400,000.
Trump issued a similar statement after the bipartisan $1.2 trillion compromise infrastructure bill passed Tuesday, specifically ridiculing Mitch McConnell
Trump was last seen in public on Tuesday, discreetly leaving Trump Tower in New York City and likely headed for his Bedminster, New Jersey golf course.
He similarly raged against passage of a bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure compromise on Tuesday, and ridiculed Mitch McConnell for it.
‘Nobody will ever understand why Mitch McConnell allowed this non-infrastructure bill to be passed. He has given up all of his leverage for the big whopper of a bill that will follow,’ Trump wrote.
‘He is working so hard to give Biden a victory, now they’ll go for the big one, including the biggest tax increases in the history of our Country.’
Republicans argued that Democrats’ proposals would waste money, raise economy-wounding taxes, fuel inflation and codify far-left dictates that would harm Americans. They were happy to use Sanders, a self-avowed democratic socialist, to try tarring all Democrats backing the measure.
If Biden and Senate Democrats want to ‘outsource domestic policy to Chairman Sanders’ with a ‘historically reckless taxing and spending spree,’ Republicans lack the votes to stop them, conceded Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. ‘But we will debate. We will vote.’
GOP Senators Ted Cruz and Marsha Blackburn blasted the legislation as ‘Bernie’s budget’ on Twitter. Cruz called the bill one of Biden’s ‘biggest mistakes’ in the White House.
The Senate passed the fiscal blueprint of Biden’s $3.5trillion infrastructure wish list around 4 a.m. on Wednesday
Mitch McConnell called the bill a ‘reckless taxing and spending spree’
Democrats’ budget framework allocates billions of dollars to Senate committees to begin drafting proposals for final bill
Agriculture: $135 billion for conservation, drought, and forestry programs to reduce carbon emissions and prevent wildfires; clean energy investments; agricultural climate research; Civilian Climate Corps funding, child nutrition and debt relief
Banking: $332 billion for housing programs, including down payment and rental assistance and community investment
Commerce: $83 billion for technology and transportation; coastal resilience and oceans; funding for the National Science Foundation.
Energy: $198 billion for clean electricity; rebates to weatherize and electrify homes; financing for domestic manufacturing of clean energy and auto supply chain technologies; federal procurement of energy efficient materials; climate research
Environment and Public Works: $67 billion for low-income solar and climate-friendly technologies; clean water affordability and access; EPA climate and research programs; federal investments in energy efficient buildings and green materials
Finance: At least $1 billion in deficit reduction. ‘This will provide the Committee with flexibility to make investment, revenue and offset decisions consistent with the policy recommendations,’ the instructions state. Offsets to include: Corporate and international tax reform; taxing high-income individuals; IRS tax enforcement
Health, Education, Labor and Pensions: $726 billion for universal pre-K for 3 and 4-year olds; child care; tuition-free community college; investments in HBCUs, MSIs, HSIs, TCUs, and ANNHIs; increase the maximum Pell grant award; School infrastructure, student success grants, and educator investments; Investments in primary care; pandemic preparedness
Homeland Security: $37 billion for electrifying the federal vehicle fleet; electrifying federal buildings; improving cybersecurity infrastructure; border management investments; investments in green materials and resilience
Judiciary: $107 billion for lawful permanent status for qualified immigrants and border security
Indian Affairs: $20.5 billion for native health, education, housing, energy and climate programs and facilities
Small Business: $25 billion for small business access to credit, investment, and markets
Veterans Affairs: $18 billion for upgrades to VA facilities
‘By passing the Bernie Budget tonight, Democrats fully embraced the radical left as they ram through trillions in crushing taxes and wasteful spending. Biden Inflation is burying middle-class Americans, and is especially painful for seniors on a fixed income. We will look back on this as one of the biggest mistakes in this administration,’ Cruz wrote in a statement after the bill’s passage.
Senator John Barrasso said the bill is a ‘freight train to socialism’ on Twitter.
Indiana Senator Todd Young blasted the bill in his own statement, claiming that the final version would exceed $4trillion.
‘From the first moment this reckless budget was unveiled, I was against it. There’s a difference between smart, targeted investments that have long-term positive results and the out-of-control spending Democrats want for their socialist agenda,’ Young wrote.
Ron Johnson of Wisconsin also chimed in after voting ‘no,’ claiming ‘a more honest score shows a price tag of at least $5 trillion.’
‘This madness has to stop. In addition to massively increasing the debt burden our children must bear, they will make more Americans dependent on government and firmly put us on the path of a socialist future,’ he wrote in a statement.
Meanwhile Democratic socialist Senator Sanders lauded the pricey bill.
‘It will also, I hope, restore the faith of the American people in the belief that we can have a government that works for all of us, and not just the few,’ he said.
Manchin, whose late night ‘Yes’ vote was his first public indication of support for the bill, explained his affirmation on Twitter in a lengthy statement cautioning his colleagues against ‘continuing to spend at irresponsible levels.’
‘I urge my colleagues to seriously consider this reality as this budget process unfolds in the coming weeks and months,’ he wrote.
In a rebuke of the Biden administration’s border policies senators also voted to block the release and transport of migrants at the southern border if they do not have a negative COVID test.
An avalanche of Republican amendments intended to pry control of Congress away from Democrats came down during the 15-hour voting session.
T he Senate held more than 40 roll calls by the time it approved the measure at around 4 a.m. ET, more than 14 hours after the procedural wretchedness began.
Republicans crowed after Democrats opposed GOP amendments calling for the full-time reopening of pandemic-shuttered schools and boosting the Pentagon’s budget and retaining limits on federal income tax deductions for state and local levies.
They were also happy when Democrats showed support for Biden’s now suspended ban on oil and gas leasing on federal lands, which Republicans said would prompt gasoline price increases.
GOP Senator Tommy Tuberville of Alabama proposed curbing federal funding for any municipalities that defund the police.
Republicans have persistently accused Democrats of backing the idea, but their attempt to show it failed when the Senate voted 99-0 in favor of the measure.
Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey called Tuberville’s amendment ‘a gift’ that would let Democrats ‘put to bed this scurrilous accusation that somebody in this great esteemed body would want to defund the police.’
Republican lawmakers lined up tp criticize the infrastructure bill’s passage
He said he wanted to ‘walk over there and hug my colleague,’ and encouraged every Senator to show they want ‘to fund the police, believes in God, country, and apple pie.’
Republicans claimed two narrow victories with potential implications for future votes, with Manchin joining them on nonbinding amendments taking on abortion and critical race theory.
House leaders announced their chamber will return from summer recess in two weeks to vote on the fiscal blueprint, with final congressional approval near certain.
Final approval would protect a subsequent bill actually enacting the outline´s detailed spending and tax changes from a Republican filibuster in the 50-50 Senate, delays that would otherwise kill it.
If passed the bill would disburse the $3.5trillion over the next 10 years.
Senator Mike Rounds, a Republican from South Dakota, missed the budget votes to be with his ailing wife.
Gringrich said ‘Fidel Castro would be proud’ of Democrats’ infrastructure bill
Millions of immigrants in the US illegally would have a new chance for citizenship, and there would be financial incentives for states to adopt more labor-friendly laws.
Other Republicans also blasted the bill, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
He tied the bill to self-described Democratic socialists Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
A vote yes is a vote for Socialism Now. Fidel Castro would be proud,’ Gingrich wrote on Twitter.
Trump rips Dems’ budget as a ‘Communist Plan’ that will ‘flood’ cities with migrants and raise taxes