On Monday night’s episode of her Fox News show, host Laura Ingraham confronted Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA), who was one of a handful of Republicans who joined bipartisan negotiations with the White House on the infrastructure bill.
While Ingraham agreed with that there is a need for physical infrastructure funding, she brought up concerns that other Republicans have raised that it is ill-timed to the already painful “pinch of inflation.”
“The White House is, as I said, quite giddy about this. Reuters describes this as a glide path to the $3.5 trillion tonight and they write this up senator, your response,” Ingraham said.
Cassidy replied by claiming that the smaller bill will help the people of Louisiana in a variety of ways.
“I talked to Fox News watchers. They love this bill,” he said. “Actually for the wealthy this means less [for them] because they have chauffeurs, they have private jets, they can fly here-and-there if it floods, but it’s the people who live in their homes at risk of flooding: as regard to $3.5 trillion – Pelosi wants to link the two, she doesn’t think she has the votes for that $3.5 trillion.”
“Senator are you on this show tonight saying Nancy Pelosi hasn’t gamed out her votes?” Ingraham asked.
Cassidy responded by saying that Pelosi has been shown to be fallible, citing Democrats’ failure in renewing the eviction moratorium that top White House official Eugene Sperling said yesterday that the administration is trying to find a solution to in the interim.
“Republicans who are trying to sink this bill are trying to help Nancy Pelosi,” Cassidy claimed, adding that he disagrees with the claim that the smaller bill is a direct factor in the passage of the larger bill, saying that “The Squad … and Bernie [Sanders] knows it.”
“They are the ones objecting to this bill because they think it [makes it] less likely to pass $3.5 trillion behemoth [second bill],” he stated.
Ingraham fired back by questioning why Republicans didn’t act as Pelosi did and demand Democrats “show their hand first – and see the full text … of the reconciliation bill,” which she pointed out overhauls the government’s handling of climate change and other large endeavors.
“Amnesty, tax increases, all the nightmares that we delineated tonight – let them show their hand – but that got flipped, didn’t it, and you guys got played on this and you had to vote first or agree first,” she said. “They still haven’t shown the text of their [reconciliation] legislation, have they sir?”
Cassidy tried to argue that Ingraham is agreeing with Democrats.
“It is amazing, you agree with Pelosi,” he added.
Ingraham, however, was not having any of it, saying that the Wall Street Journal and National Review analyses show the economic and political repercussions of letting the bills get through.
“You made it easy for them: Make them show their text first. You realize that America will be changed forever?” she concluded.
Check out the full exchange below.