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Sen. Marsha Blackburn says the infrastructure bill is the ‘gateway to socialism’

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By Jenny Goldsberry

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) blasted President Biden’s infrastructure bill Sunday calling it “the gateway to socialism.” Blackburn railed against their exorbitant spending on Fox News.

The Tennessee Senator voted no on the Sinema-Porter Amendment and on the underlying bill Sunday night. “This is, number one, the gateway to socialism,” Blackburn said. “This is their down payment on the Green New Deal.”

Next, the Senate will be voting on the budget bill out of the Finance Committee. The $3.5 trillion budget will not need a super majority to pass. As long as senators vote down party lines, it is likely to pass. As the Senate’s recess approaches, many are tempted to speed up the process.

“When you look at the fact that does not even count the money that they would come up short in the years on this, you are talking about this is something too expensive to afford,” Blackburn continued. “And there is no reason to say, ‘August is here, we have got to pass this bill.’ We need to be more thoughtful and do a bill that is going to tend to roads and rivers and runways and railways and broadband, and do it with the money that we have.”

Otherwise, the national debt will last decades longer, according to Blackburn.

“Don’t go spending the money that our children and grandchildren are going to have to pay back, mortgaging their future, taking away their freedom,” Blackburn said. “So I am standing up for hard-working Tennesseans who have told me loud and clear they’re all for infrastructure. I am all for infrastructure. I am not for this bill. I am not for the amount of debt this is going to pour onto our nation’s books. And I am not for mortgaging the kids’ future.”

Senators voted to end the debate Sunday night. Yet its final vote will happen Monday or Tuesday.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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State officials, CDC investigating monkeypox case in Florida

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with Florida state health officials, are investigating what is believed to be a case of monkeypox. A statement from the Florida Department of Health in Broward County stated the “case is related to international travel, and the person remains isolated.”

Late Friday a New York City resident also tested positive for the virus that causes monkeypox, and is the state’s first confirmed case. On Sunday, President Joe Biden made his first public statements about the outbreaks, saying the recent spread of monkeypox in at least 12 countries are “something that everybody should be concerned about.”

Axios reports a person was confirmed positive with the virus in Massachusetts, New York and “roughly a half dozen other cases” are “being monitored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

 

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