McConnell: Democrat spending plans ‘wildly inappropriate’

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Meeting with business and government leaders Thursday in Bowling Green only heightened U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s belief that the 2022 midterm elections will be crucial for the country.

Railing against spending proposals he called “wildly inappropriate,” the Kentucky Republican said the Democrats now in control of the White House and by narrow margins in the House and Senate are “playing Russian roulette with the country’s economy.”

While saying he can get behind a bill now making its way through Congress to invest about $1 trillion in roads, bridges, rail and other infrastructure, McConnell made it clear that he is no fan of a reconciliation bill that would address climate change, expand social programs and cost nearly another $6 trillion.

“We have some really serious differences about the way forward,” said McConnell, the Senate minority leader. “The infrastructure bill is popular on both sides of the aisle, but the Democrats would like to authorize spending a total of $7 trillion.”

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