Interviews with dozens of voters in three swing congressional districts across the country revealed evidence that attacks on the spending push are beginning to take hold, and congressional Republicans said they are well positioned to capitalize on voter doubts and win their way back to power in 2022.
“They feel like America is dramatically changing right before their eyes — I hear it everywhere I go,” said Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, which has been helping to drive GOP messaging against the Democratic plans. “They hear about a $4 trillion dollar spending deal, and it’s not going to go toward helping them but go toward ideologically transforming America, and I think largely the American people are very anxious about it.”
Banks said GOP lawmakers will be “emboldened” when they return from an Easter recess to oppose the Democratic plans, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday called Biden’s proposal — which is expected to be funded with a partial reversal of Trump’s 2017 tax cut — “the wrong prescription for America” that Republicans would fight “every step of the way.”