Portman Statement Opposing Democrats’ Partisan $3.5 Trillion Tax and Spending Spree

August 11, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) issued the following statement on his vote against the $3.5 trillion budget resolution passed by Senate Democrats:

“Congress should focus on helping grow our economy and get back on the path of strong growth we saw before the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, Senate Democrats passed a budget that paves the way for their $3.5 trillion tax and spending spree that will cost jobs and undermine our economy. This is exactly the wrong approach for our economy, and similar to the $1.9 trillion stimulus spending bill enacted by Democrats this spring, will only drive inflation higher.

“This week, we saw the Senate work together in a bipartisan way to pass a historic investment in our nation’s core infrastructure needs. The American people want both parties to build on this success and continue the hard work of finding common ground on important issues. Instead, Democrats are now trying to jam through Congress massive tax hikes and social spending through purely partisan means.

“I cannot support partisan legislation that would destroy jobs and harm our economy, and for that reason I vote no on this reckless tax and spending plan.”