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Utah delegation to the US House of Representatives, clockwise from top left: Representatives Blake Moore, Burgess Owens, Chris Stewart and John Curtis. All are Republicans.

WASHINGTON, DC – President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Act may have gotten the go-ahead in the United States House of Representatives, but it wasn’t thanks to the four members of the Utah House.

All four of them, Representatives Blake Moore, Chris Stewart, Burgess Owens and John Curtis, voted against, like everyone else in the House.

The $ 1.85 trillion measure was passed on Friday largely along partisan lines in a vote of 220-213 and is now going to the US Senate. It contains a series of provisions increasing childcare assistance, improving access to kindergarten, reducing prescription drug costs and helping efforts to slow climate change, according to the Associated Press. .

It got a lot of criticism, not least because of the cost, and here’s what the four members of the United States House from Utah had to say:

Blake Moore: “These federal spending envelopes are directly hurting working families in Utah,” the 1st District representative said. “Rather than pushing this massive spending, our government must focus on tackling crippling inflation, supply chain and labor shortages resulting from liberal policies. I will continue to work with my colleagues on ways to more responsibly respect U.S. tax dollars and improve our economic outlook.

Moore lambasted what he called the House Democrats’ “sweeping tax and spending agenda”, saying their policies had caused inflation on everything “from gasoline to the grocery store.”

Burgess Owens: “America currently has $ 28 trillion in debt, inflation is at a three-decade high, and consumer prices are rising at the fastest rate since 1990,” said Owens, representative of the 4th. district. “Instead of easing those burdens and leading our country through an economic crisis, this far-left kitchen sink set uses budget gimmicks and sunsets to spend what we don’t have on programs we don’t need. “

Citing a Congressional Budget Office estimate that the measure would increase the US deficit by $ 367 billion, he said “generations of Utahns will bear the brunt of today’s vote.”

John Curtis: “There is no doubt that injecting more government money into the economy will worsen inflation, especially at such a high rate,” said the representative of the 3rd arrondissement.

Friday’s action comes following the approval of other spending plans pushed by Biden and the Democrats, he said, and as “Americans across the country are reeling from the effects of rising inflation, supply chain issues and some of the highest gas prices in history. There is no question that pumping more government money into the economy will worsen inflation, especially at such a rapid rate. “

Chris Stewart: “President Biden must accept these basic realities: the American people are the key to our nation’s success; spending more of the taxpayer’s money to expand government control is our loss, ”said the representative of the 2nd district. “Until we start prioritizing individual freedom over big government, we will continue to suffer the same economic consequences.”

In a statement, Biden hailed the Build Back Better Act as “another giant leap in my economic plan to create jobs, cut costs, make our country more competitive, and give working people and the middle class a boost. chance to fight “.

He said it would reduce the US deficit in the long run. “It’s all paid off by ensuring that the wealthiest Americans and the biggest corporations start paying their fair share of federal taxes,” Biden said.

On Monday, Biden enacted the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the $ 1.2 trillion measure to improve U.S. infrastructure. All four of Utah congressmen also voted against the bill earlier this month. Utah senators have split, with Senator Mike Lee voting against and Senator Mitt Romney voting for.

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