In an effort to increase support for the act and investment in clean energy, the president has arrived in the state of Colorado.
As the president landed in Colorado for a two-day tour, he and Representative Lauren Boebert engaged in an exchange over the Inflation Reduction Act.
Joe Biden and Lauren Boebert Exchange Blows in Colorado
The Inflation Reduction Act was enacted by Biden in 2022, with the stated objective of “allowing us to boldly take the steps towards meeting all my climate goals, the ones we set out and we ran.”
The law calls for investments in energy and climate, totalling more than $300 billion, to lower the country’s carbon emissions by 40% from 2005 levels by the end of 2030.
In addition to putting aside $64 billion to extend Affordable Care Act subsidies through 2025 and allowing Medicare to negotiate the cost of some prescribed drugs, the law created a minimum tax rate of 15 percent for major firms.
Critics claim the strategy increases energy costs while having no effect on lowering inflation.
In a speech at the White House on the first anniversary of the Inflation Reduction Act, Biden addressed a group of Democratic lawmakers and others that “it’s taking the most aggressive action ever on climate and energy. This law is one of the biggest drivers of jobs and economic growth that this country has ever seen.”
Joe Biden will be visiting the CS Wind factory, which is said to be the world’s largest plant and is based in Pueblo, the biggest city Boebert represents from the state’s third congressional district.
According to the company, Biden’s act made its $200 million Pueblo expansion possible. An additional 850 jobs will be created by the expansion, which is scheduled to be finished in 2028.
However, Boebert voted against it, joining other Republican representatives, and she has described it as “a complete scam.” In an interview with KKTV 11 News, Boebert restated her displeasure about the act’s expense.
She stated, “I am very proud of the work that CS Winds is doing there in Pueblo and the jobs that they’re creating, but as I stated, this will cost the taxpayers overall from the Inflation Reduction Act hundreds of billions of dollars,”
She continued, “This bill was a complete scam.”
A spokesperson for the White House responded: “If Representative Boebert had her way, Colorado would have lost out on over $5.6 billion in infrastructure projects already announced in Colorado, including over $1 billion for high-speed internet from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which Boebert called ‘garbage’ and ‘wasteful.'”
In the meantime, Biden rebuked the representative for not supporting the act during a campaign fundraiser. Biden stated, “The congresswoman, along with every single one of her Republican colleagues, voted against the law—and then she vowed to repeal it.”
He added, “She called it a ‘massive failure.'”
This is not Lauren Boebert and Biden’s first argument over the act. They have also previously clashed.
In August, Biden poked fun at Boebert’s expense on CS Wind’s expansion in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Biden commented, “Coincidentally, CS Wind is Congresswoman Lauren Boebert—you know, the very quiet Republican lady—it’s in her district,”
Boebert responded to that in a post on X, the former Twitter platform, stating: “Joe Biden said that I’m a “very quiet Republican lady.” Wishful thinking, Joe. I’m calling you out every single day, and I won’t be getting more quiet about it anytime soon!”
As we can clearly see, these exchanges between Joe Biden and Lauren Boebert in Colorado are not something new. They have also previously argued over this Inflation Reduction Act in the past.
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