CBO confirms Senator Braun’s statement: Bipartisan infrastructure deal is NOT paid-for

WASHINGTON - Senator Mike Braun released the following statement following the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis that the bipartisan infrastructure bill moving through the Senate would add $256 billion to our deficit, echoing Senator Braun’s July 29 tweet thread detailing the shortcomings of the package’s “pay-fors,” where he found that the package was “several hundred billion dollars short” of being paid for.

“First independent analysis from Penn-Wharton found the bipartisan...

Senator Braun in Appropriations Committee: Earmarks never should have been dragged back into Congress

WASHINGTON - Today, Senator Mike Braun called out the broken spending process in Washington, D.C. and the practice of stuffing spending bills with Congressional pork called earmarks in a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Committee.  

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Today the Senate Committee on Appropriations met to consider the federal fiscal year (FY) 2022 spending bills that cover the jurisdiction of Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration; Energy and Water...

Senator Braun: Fiscal irresponsibility in D.C. hurts our ability to respond to emergencies

WASHINGTON - Today Senator Mike Braun raised a budget point of order on the Senate floor regarding a Capitol security and Afghan resettlement supplemental spending bill.

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SENATOR BRAUN'S REMARKS

We need to support our Capitol Police, and we will.

We need to repay our National Guard, and we will.

And we need to protect our allies who kept our troops safe, and we will.

Emergencies arise, and the biggest threat to dealing with them is fiscal irresponsibility in D.C.

We...

TWEET THREAD: Infrastructure bill is NOT paid-for 

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Infrastructure investment is great when it's paid for. This bipartisan infrastructure package's pay-fors are either completely phony or don't quite cut the mustard. Thread:

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1. CLAIM: $205 billion from repurposing unused COVID relief funds. FACT: We should be repurposing COVID relief funds, but reshuffling money we borrowed in the first place doesn't count as a pay-for.

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2. CLAIM: Funding from recouping fraudulent enhanced federal unemployment payments.

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Senator Braun, colleagues: Infrastructure package continues insane deficit spending, enables multi-trillion dollar liberal wish list

WASHINGTON - Senator Mike Braun today signed on to a joint statement led by Senator Rick Scott with Senators Mike Lee, Ron Johnson, Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, and Marsha Blackburn on the bipartisan infrastructure framework.

"Congress can’t keep spending trillions of dollars we don’t have. The infrastructure package announced today continues the trend in Congress of insane deficit spending. Let’s not forget, this is just the first step in the Democrats’ plan to pass their $5.5 trillion tax and...

Senator Braun: No more mandates and masking that didn't work

WASHINGTON - Senator Braun released the following video responding to reports that the CDC would go back on their previous guidance and again recommend masks for vaccinated Americans.   

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I wanted to take a brief moment to talk about what it looks like we're hearing from the CDC: that they're going to recommend masking again.  

I'm afraid we're going to roll right back in to how the heavy hand of government dealt with COVID in the first place.

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Senator Braun's statement on "bait-and-switch" infrastructure deal 

“President Biden and Democrats have made it obvious this bipartisan infrastructure deal and their reckless $3.5 trillion spending spree are joined at the hip. Regardless of what bipartisan negotiators come up with to attempt to pay for this deal, this is a bait-and-switch by Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer and any Republican who falls for it is giving Bernie and AOC the keys to drive through their radical socialist agenda.”

Braun pushes for Let States Set Medicaid Requirements Act after Biden administration revokes Indiana’s Gateway to Work waiver

WASHINGTON—Today, Senator Mike Braun requested unanimous consent for his Let States Set Medicaid Requirements Act on the Senate floor.

He was joined by Senator Todd Young (R-IN) and Senator John Cornyn (R-TX).

This legislation would empower states to set their Medicaid work and community engagement requirements for certain Medicaid recipients. 

Indiana’s Gateway to Work program would require 20 hours-per-month of work, job searching, school, or community service activities for certain able...

Senator Braun questions Dr. Fauci on Facebook, First Amendment, support for COVID vaccine mandates for young kids

WASHINGTON - Senator Mike Braun today questioned Dr. Anthony Fauci about if his agency was one of the “leading health organizations” consulted by Facebook on their decision to remove content claiming COVID was man-made in February of this year, and asked Dr. Fauci and CDC Director Rochelle Walensky if they will support COVID vaccine mandates for grade school kids.

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Braun, Young, Hoosier Mayors help preserve OMB city designation for Indiana cities

WASHINGTON -- Today, Senator Mike Braun and Senator Todd Young commended the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) decision to back off a proposal to change the federal definition of “city” and instead retain the existing Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) designation. The OMB’s proposed change would have doubled the population threshold for a city from 50,000 to 100,000 people, negatively impacting five Indiana cities – Terre Haute, Columbus, Kokomo, Michigan City-LaPorte, and Muncie — and...