Topline

President Joe Biden on Wednesday ribbed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for bragging about what a “windfall” the $1.9 trillion stimulus bill Biden signed in March will be for his home state of Kentucky, while still continuing to oppose it.

US President Joe Biden tours a childhood development center alongside Senator Dick Durbin (L), … [+] Democrat of Illinois, and Senator Tammy Duckworth ©, Democrat of Illinois, at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, Illinois, on July 7, 2021, as he travels to promote his economic plans. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

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Key Facts

McConnell said during an event in Kentucky on Tuesday that although “not a single” Republican voted for the bill, Kentucky communities will get “a lot more money” because of it, adding, “hopefully this windfall doesn’t come along again.”

McConnell also explained that he believed the spending will lead to higher inflation and a tighter labor market.

Asked during a trip to Illinois about McConnell’s vow to fight him on a reconciliation bill likely needed to pass new infrastructure spending, Biden pointed to McConnell’s comments and joked that he “loves our programs” and was “bragging” about the stimulus bill.

“‘It’s a great thing for Kentucky… it’s amazing!’” Biden said, imitating McConnell.

Forbes has reached out to McConnell’s office for comment.

Key Background

Top Democrats have been quick to seize on instances of Republicans so much as acknowledging the funds allocated to their constituents by the bill, not to mention touting them. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi frequently sends out press releases admonishing GOP lawmakers for “voting no but taking the dough.”

Crucial Quote

“Even my Republican friends in Congress, not a single one of them voted for the Rescue Plan,” Biden said in May of Republicans voting against the stimulus bill, holding up a list of Republicans who “back in their districts, are bragging” about the bill. “Some people have no shame. But I’m happy- happy they know it benefited their constituents,” he added.

Chief Critic

“Instead of focusing on paying down the debt, getting businesses back open and creating jobs, Bidenomics is more focused on spending, spending and well MORE spending,” National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesperson Priscilla Ivasco said in a press release, alleging the spending is impacting the “day-to-day cost of living” of American families.

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