(Daily Caller News Foundation) — Former Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota lambasted Democrats for the Inflation Reduction Act, saying “so little” of its provisions have “kicked in,” the New York Post reported Tuesday.
“The unfortunately named Inflation Reduction Act — unfortunately, mainly because so little of it has kicked in and we are not seeing inflation reduced, of course, since this package,” Franken said on his weekly podcast, according to the NYP.
Franken criticized Democrats for their efforts to claim inflation in the United States is not as bad as it is in other countries, saying many voters would not care what inflation is in Hungary.
“’When my family’s having peanut butter sandwiches again for dinner, I’ll bring up Hungary’s rate of inflation,’” Franken said, doing a satirical impression of a voter.
Franken said the Democrats’ response to the issue made him feel “stressed” about the midterm elections. A Morning Consult/Politico poll released Wednesday reported that 93% of respondents were concerned about inflation.
Democratic Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina admitted that Democrats knew inflation would go up with the passage of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, which President Joe Biden signed into law in March 2021. Experts, including former Obama administration official Steven Rattner, claim the spending from that legislation fueled inflation to the highest levels in four decades.
“Things have not been trending in the right direction as of late. Americans are rightly concerned about inflation. Gas prices are trending back up, rent, food,” Franken said. “It’s hard to care about anything else when you don’t know if you’re gonna make it month to month or even week to week.”