US Chamber of Commerce Slams Democrats' Reconciliation Budget Bill for Hiding Its True Cost

US Chamber of Commerce logo - Sputnik International, 1920, 11.11.2021
The Democrats have faced issues pushing a reconciliation bill through Congress, as moderate and progressive members of the party once again could not agree on the details of the spending.
The US Chamber of Commerce, a business advocacy group, has published a letter, in which it denounced the reconciliation bill proposed by the Democrats as full of "gimmicks" that were embedded in order to hide the bill's actual cost. According to the group, the reconciliation bill might cost around $1 trillion more in spending than the authors of the legislation claim.
The Chamber of Commerce notes that the reconciliation bill's "real-world impact" might be much higher than expected due to the use of the sunset provisions, which have a predetermined expiry time, the costs of which are calculated and included in the bill's declared spending cost. However, the potential costs from prolonging these provisions, which is also possible if the reconciliation legislation is passed in its current form, were left out.
The advocacy group called on lawmakers to re-evaluate the reconciliation bill's cost, its impact on employment, and inflation, which reached a 30-year-peak of 6.2% in October 2021.
The use of "gimmicks" to hide the true price of the bill reportedly did not elude some lawmakers. Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, who was at the forefront of trimming the costs of Biden's two key spending legislation pieces, slammed these provisions as "shell games" and suggested that the bill could cost twice as much compared to what had been declared, according to a New York Times report.
U.S. President Joe Biden hosts the Milwaukee Bucks, after they won the 2021 NBA Championship, at the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., November 8, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920, 10.11.2021
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