Psaki slammed for offering no explanation for why Build Back Better will cost nothing: ‘Because it won’t’

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Biden has argued that Build Back Better is ‘paid in full by ensuring the big corporations and the very wealthy pay their fair share’

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White House press secretary Jen Psaki offered little as an explanation for the administration’s rejected claim the Build Back Better plan would cost “zero dollars,” simply asking the press to take its word for it. .

President Biden’s spending package is estimated to cost $3.5 trillion. But the president and his supporters argued The plan is “paid in full by ensuring the large corporations and the very wealthy pay their fair share.” After continuing with the $0 narrative, Saki was pressured by reporters to clarify.

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“Does the President still believe that Build Back Better will not add a penny to the national debt?” A reporter asked Saki at his briefing on Tuesday.

“Okay. That won’t happen,” he said in turn.

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When the reporter asked, “Why should Americans believe that?” Said Saki, “Because it won’t.”

The audience slammed Saki for her scathing reaction.

White House continues to debunk zero-cost claim on Biden’s agenda

Rachel Bovard, senior tech columnist for The Federalist, compared Psaki’s response to recent coverage of the president’s son Hunter Biden’s laptop controversy.

Biden team declared ‘financially illiterate’ for claiming to make better cost ‘zero dollars’

Chris Hartline, communications director for the National Republican Senate Committee, joined those who wondered how Saki could continue to claim that Build Back Better would not add to the national debt.

“How can you tell the forum that a bill that doesn’t exist and certainly hasn’t been created by the CBO won’t add a penny to the national debt?” He asked.

Psaki then copied last week’s lecture by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., asking reporters to report more precisely on the president’s agenda. At last week’s Capitol Hill press conference, Pelosi blamed the press for the new poll, which showed only 10% of Americans knew “too many nuances” about Build Back Better. Asked whether the White House needs to get better at messaging, Pelosi told reporters they “could do a better job” by selling Biden’s economic plan.

“Well, I think you all can do a better job of selling it, be very clear with you,” Pelosi responded, adding that the media didn’t do justice to the list of items in the bill, such as Family Medical Leave. . “Whenever I come here, I see the list… it’s hard to break when you have such a comprehensive package.”

Biden first claimed “zero dollars” costing his agenda last month amid Democratic infighting. Liberal Democratic senators such as Kirsten Cinemas, Ariz., and Joe Manchin, W.V.A. have emphasized the price tag.

President Joe Biden comments on debt limits during an event in the State Dining Room of the White House on Monday, October 4, 2021 in Washington.  (AP Photo/Ivan Vucci)

“My Build Back Better agenda costs zero dollars,” Biden tweeted last month. “Instead of wasting money on tax breaks, loopholes and tax evasion for big corporations and the wealthy, we can invest in a working America once in a generation. And it adds zero dollars to the national debt.”

Biden’s team was rebuffed by both liberals and conservatives, with some calling the administration “financially illiterate” or math-challenged.


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