New ad campaign targets five House Democrats over inflation
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The 30-second ad focuses on inflation, with a voiceover saying Biden “doesn’t understand how much inflation is hurting Americans” while extracts from news reports on consumer prices and the cost of his spending plan are on-screen to appear.
“If the Democrats in Congress don’t stop Biden and Pelosi’s plan, many Americans will not be able to pay their heating bills this winter,” the ad warns.
The same five lawmakers were targeted by a Club for Growth advertising campaign calling on them to oppose Congress passing the Build Back Better plan.
The latest advertising campaign was launched the day after the Labor Department released statistics showing that consumer prices rose much faster than expected in October and that annual inflation had hit a 30-year high.
The consumer price index, which tracks inflation for a number of staple foods and services, rose 0.9 percent last month and 6.2 percent in the twelve months to October. The price increase was mainly driven by a 4.8 percent increase in energy costs and a 0.9 percent increase in food prices.
“Our polls have consistently shown that inflation and rising prices are the top concerns for voters across the country. When prices rise, consumers know that unnecessary government spending is not the way to reduce inflation. President Biden’s tax and spending plan will exacerbate the inflationary crisis and make things worse for Americans at home, “Katie Miller, a spokeswoman for the Coalition to Protect American Workers, said in a statement.
Biden and White House officials argued last week that the passage of the $ 1.2 trillion infrastructure bill coupled with the passage of a larger reconciliation bill with funding for climate programs, expanded health care, tax credits for family and childcare as well as educational initiatives, will help put many Americans out of the way, fighting poverty and fighting inflation. They insisted that the plan be paid off and will not add any further burden to the debt.
But some moderate Democrats, including some of those targeted by the Coalition to Protect American Workers, have expressed their unease about moving too fast with such a larger package of spending with soaring prices.
Murphy, Golden and Case were among the last resistances by the Democrats, who finally backed a compromise to pass the infrastructure bill last week while agreeing to move on to the larger reconciliation framework this month.