May 25, 2021
WASHINGTON – At the Republican leadership press conference today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) took the Biden administration to task for proposing $7.1 trillion in spending in just the first four months in office. As Blunt noted, the $7.1 trillion is in addition to the president’s $1.5 trillion budget that is expected to be released this week.
Following Are Blunt’s Remarks:
“Well, I think we're still expecting the White House to send their budget up either late this week or early next week. That discretionary budget will be about $1.5 trillion.
“To put what was just said by Senator Barrasso in some context here, they're proposing spending $7.1 trillion that is in addition to the $1.5 trillion that we are supposedly going to debate and run through committee and do all the things so that you carefully spend people's money.
“Now, there's no question with the pandemic last year, we all got a little desensitized to how much money we were spending to fight the pandemic and save the economy. But $7.1 trillion will be about double what we spent last year when we were totally involved and surrounded by the pandemic.
“Very little of it has anything to do with the pandemic. And what people consider to be the spending debate for the United States of America on discretionary spending is just a small fraction of what they're talking about spending in every other category you can think of—in what would normally have to be discretionary spending, go through the appropriating committees, be paid for as part of that process.
“$7.1 trillion is more in today's dollars than we spent to win World War II. We have a lot of challenges in front of us that the government needs to deal with, but none of them are World War II.
“If we spend $7.1 trillion, that adds $56,000 for every American family to the national debt. Every American family can do a lot with $56,000. They can send somebody to a public institution of higher learning for about five years for $56,000. They could make a lot of house payments for $56,000. That's how much $7.1 trillion would add to the balance sheet for every single family in America.
“We've got to get reasonable and real about spending or inflation will be a problem. Government stability will be a problem. The dollar will be a problem. And, we don't want any of those things to happen.”