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Rep. Chip Roy (TX-21) issued the following statement Friday evening after voting against H.R. 5376:

Today, in the face of rampant inflation and myriad government-created crises, House Democrats unilaterally rammed through a radical tax-and-spend bill that can only be described as a full-frontal assault on the liberties of the American people.

Despite the bill’s name, it will not do a single thing to address inflation— itself a direct result of out-of-control spending and monetary policy – even its supporters admit that. But it will raise an army of 87,000 new IRS agents to sic on the American taxpayer and organizations that oppose the administration’s political agenda.

It will destroy energy freedom by providing hundreds of billions in crony handouts to unreliable, weather-dependent energy sources while increasing taxes on plentiful, reliable fossil fuels. It will further erode healthcare freedom and innovation by enacting socialist price controls on prescription drugs, while lining the pockets of massive health insurance corporations.

And, in a disgraceful dereliction of their constitutional duty, over a third of the bill’s supporters could not even be bothered to show up to vote in-person for this monstrosity, electing instead to vote by proxy. Next Congress, Republicans must take a hard line against Democrat tyranny and commit to ending proxy voting and repealing this legislation on day one.


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