Biden On Massive $2T Spending Bill: 'We Shouldn't Even Talk About the Numbers'

Brittany M. Hughes | October 21, 2021
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President Biden demanded that we “shouldn’t even talk about the numbers” associated with his massive $2 trillion-dollar spending bill because “it’s all paid for.”

"When you talk about the number, we shouldn't even talk about the numbers, because it's all paid for, written in the same piece of legislation," Biden said Wednesday in a visit to Scranton, Pennsylvania, where he repeated his claim that his “Build Back Better” infrastructure agenda will end up paying for itself.

"The cost of the Build Back Better bill in terms of adding to the deficit is zero, zero, zero. Because we're going to pay for it all," Biden said.

"Half of it is a tax cut," he went on. "It's not spending money, it's a tax cut for working-class people."

The bill, originally coming in at around $3.5 trillion and including everything from actual infrastructure to a range of social programs and leftwing education agenda items like free community college, has been scaled back somewhat to a mere $2 trillion thanks to Republicans and moderate Democrat senators like West Virginia’s Joe Manchin and Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema. 

Meanwhile, economists and even some supporters of the bill have pointed out that calling it “costless” is, at best, a falsehood.