Tennessee Republican Rep. Tim Burchett is arguing that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is only trying to push the Democrats’ massive $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill and $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill for one reason: politics.
Burchett argued that Pelosi “knows she’s on the way out” and needs to pass these massive spending bills now because Democrats, he predicts, are going to lose control of the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2022 midterm elections.
“A lot of this stuff doesn’t even have to do with traditional infrastructure,” Burchett said.
“I just think they’re out of touch, this leadership, the Democratic leadership,” he said. “They’re sacrificing a lot of their moderate members,” forcing them “to take these tough votes that they really shouldn’t have to do. It’s short-sighted on their part, but I think it goes deeper than that. Pelosi knows she’s on the way out and she’s got to cut a deal and this is her legacy in some liberal utopia.”
Last month, the Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate passed the infrastructure bill. But it’s facing serious headwinds in the House.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has opposed the bill and several House Democrats have said it will vote for the infrastructure bill only if the $3.5 trillion Build Back Better Act passes first.
Burchett said he wishes the federal government would attempt to balance its budget and instead of passing massive bills without any way to actually pay for them.
“There’s $256 billion that’s going to add to the debt,” Burchett said of the Congressional Budget Office’s estimate. “At this pace, what does that even matter anymore? It matters to people like me. It matters to people in Tennessee.”
Beyond the spending bills, recent polling reveals Burchart may have a point about Democrats losing control of the House.
Republicans are now “the early favorites,” to retake control of the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2022 midterm elections.
Cook Political Report Senior Editor David Wasserman told NBC News that Republicans are poised to retake the lower chamber for a variety of reasons.
“Based on all factors, you’d have to consider Republicans the early favorites for the House majority in 2022,” Wasserman said.
“But as we found out in 2020, surprises can happen, and it’s not a done deal,” he added. “Democrats’ best hope is that Biden’s approval rating stays above 50% and that Republicans have a tougher time turning out their voters without Trump on the ballot.”
Last month, a top House Democrat warned that the Republican Party is in a prime position to take back House in next year’s midterm elections.
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Sean Patrick, who serves as a congressman from New York, says Democrats would lose their House majority if the midterms were held today.
Three-quarters of senior Capitol Hill aides think Republicans are going to win back control of the House of Representatives in the 2021 midterm elections.
Several senior Capitol Hill aides and reported that a whopping 73 percent think Republicans will take the speaker’s gavel from Democrat Rep. Nancy Pelosi next November.
Republicans need a net gain of 5 seats to regain the House majority in the midterms next November.
And the once-in-a-decade redistricting process – pegged to the 2020 census – is expected to generally favor Republicans over Democrats.