When a reporter tried to ask Congressman Raskin (D-MD) about the recently-signed Inflation Reduction Act, he was met with silence. He was more than happy to discuss the bill until reporters asked him what it would accomplish to lower prices and relieve the financial strain on Americans’ pockets.
When questioned by journalists about the legislation’s passage, Raskin boasted, claiming that as soon as the law’s provisions are put into effect, people will begin to see some relief, but when a reporter requested him to name one of them that would decrease inflation, Raskin made it clear he had no intention of continuing the discussion.
“As soon as the bill goes into effect, I anticipate that all of the provisions will begin to function,” he began. “I’m — I know that people who have blamed Biden for rising prices are now giving him all the credit for declining prices. So we’re already making progress.”
After a reporter asked Raskin what portion of the proposed bill will address the issue, Raskin hesitated before confidently answering.
"What parts of the bill do you think will put to work on [lowering inflation] specifically?"
Democrat Rep. Jamie Raskin: "Next question." pic.twitter.com/88O5sWNgJP
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“Now for your next question,” he replied, shaking his head.
The Inflation Reduction Act, which was passed by both the Senate and House late last week and is being marketed as a climate, health, and tax measure that will greatly expand the IRS’s size, has yet to be fully explained by any of Biden’s surrogates.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked a similar question by Jonathan Karl on ABC’s “This Week.”
After she said that the bill would make life more affordable for Americans, Karl pointed out: “But Congress’s own nonpartisan budget office says the measure will have almost no effect on inflation this year and barely any next year. Are you being Orwellian when you call it an ‘inflation reduction’ plan?”