U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate Finance and Budget comittees, issued the following statement after Senate Democrats passed a mega-spending, higher taxing bill this afternoon.

“America, Chuck Schumer thinks you’re stupid. This reckless bill includes hundreds of billions of dollars in tax hikes, hundreds of billions of dollars of new spending for Washington’s ongoing inflation bonfire, and then as a cherry on top, gives the IRS an additional $80 billion to audit taxpayers — IRS tax collectors will get more than seven times the FBI. So what’s Chuck Schumer’s brilliant idea? Change the bill’s name. This so-called 'Inflation Reduction Act' won’t solve inflation – it will make it worse. Moms and dads know that we can’t afford this. Build Back Better should have stayed in the grave.”