About 50 people gathered on the steps of the Gallatin County courthouse Friday night to hear Senator Steve Daines stumble against President Joe Biden’s nearly $ 2 trillion social infrastructure and climate bill.
The Republican Senator from Montana said in Bozeman that the key to the downfall of the law is to recruit a Democratic senator to vote against it.
Daines’ speech was part of a rally by the Montana Chapter of the Americans for Prosperity, a nonprofit political advocacy group. The rally was part of the group dubbed “End Washington Waste: Stop the Spending Frenzy” campaign against the President’s Social Spending Bill.
Rep. Matt Rosendale was due to make a speech but couldn’t make it to the rally.
“This country is on a rapid slide towards socialism,” said Daines. “This is a struggle between freedom and socialism and it must be stopped and we just need a single Democratic senator to stand up and say no.”
At the end of the rally, participants gathered on the steps for a photo with Daines and began to sing “Vote ‘no’ Tester”.
The Social Infrastructure and Climate Act was introduced at the end of September and has seen many changes since then. Most notably, the cost fell from $ 3.5 trillion to $ 1.75 trillion over a 10 year period.
When asked by the Chronicle if there was any part of the bill he was in favor of, Daines said there was a reason why no Republicans in the Senate were supporting the bill. That reason, he said, is due to the “reckless” spending that could come with the $ 1.75 trillion package.
Daines said the US $ 1.9 trillion bailout bill, which went into effect in March, fueled the “inflationary fire” and blamed the bill he voted against for higher fuel and food prices.
Americans for Prosperity also launched a multi-million dollar advertising campaign against Biden’s bill in September, according to the group’s website. The campaign, known as “End Washington Waste: Stop the Spending Spree,” combined the proposed law with increasing gas prices and “replacing personal freedom with state control.”
Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders appeared in advertisements stating that the Biden-Sanders bill “would only make things worse”. The Americans for Properity ads have not been updated to reflect the lower spending.
The money from the updated version of the bill would provide approximately $ 550 billion to combat climate change. The bill also provides $ 400 billion for universal childcare for children 3 to 4 years old before the K. The child tax credit is set to be extended through next year, giving around 35 million families approximately $ 3,600 in tax breaks.
However, paid family and sick leave, two years of free community college, and prescription drug price cuts didn’t make it into this latest release.
The fate of Biden’s bill is tied to the $ 1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package that passed the Senate with a 69-30 vote in August. Senator Jon Tester voted for the law. Senator Daines voted against.
But that bill has remained pending as Democratic factions in the House of Representatives negotiate back and forth with the White House over the social infrastructure bill.
The $ 1.2 trillion infrastructure package, which could bring Montana billions of dollars to pay for highway projects, rural waterway projects, forest fire management and broadband expansion, was due to be voted on Thursday by the House of Representatives.
However, the vote was brushed aside while progressive members in the House of Representatives argued over the framework for Biden’s bill.
The framework of the bill could be paid for by a minimum corporate tax of 15% for companies with profits over $ 1 billion and an increase in income tax for Americans who earn over $ 10 to 25 million a year.