WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson released a video statement calling out what she says is ‘dysfunction” as House Democrats attempted to meet the September 15 deadline set by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, to finish committee work on the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill. She also set a September 27 deadline to vote on the Senate infrastructure bill, a bill Pelosi said they would only pass along with the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill. Hinson complained that the process of drafting the appropriations bill lacks transparency and accountability.
Watch her remarks above or read the transcript below:
I wanted to give you a quick update on the $3.5 trillion reconciliation process because I’ve gotten a lot of questions from Iowans about what exactly is going on. Let me tell you, the chaos and dysfunction in Speaker Pelosi’s House is on full display.
A little bit of background: Speaker Pelosi and Senator Bernie Sanders agreed to the $3.5 trillion number (that’s not even enough for some members of the squad).
Then, Speaker Pelosi set an artificial September 15th deadline for Committees to fill in the policy blanks…effectively setting off the race to finalize the tax and spending spree by today.
If it seems backwards, that’s because it is. You shouldn’t set an artificial number and THEN decide on the policy. We aren’t dealing with monopoly money here.
A handful of Democrats in back rooms have been rushing to fill in the partisan policy blanks to meet Speaker Pelosi’s deadline today. Committees are meeting in the dead of night, hashing out the details behind closed doors. They’re ignoring what is best for working families as they bicker in their own party about how far left they can run.
They sacrificed the accountability and transparency to taxpayers—whose money they’re spending—in the name of ramming through a partisan, socialist agenda.
Right now, the bill is at about 2,600 pages. I wouldn’t be surprised if more were added in the time it took me to film this video.
Speaker Pelosi and Senator Sanders could learn a thing or two about budgeting from Iowans. This isn’t a budget—it’s a taxing and spending spree, and a big bust for taxpayers.
I’ll keep working to peel back the curtain on the dysfunction that is happening in Washington right now, at your expense, and bring some badly needed accountability and transparency to this process.