Republican Sen. Joni Ernst is lashing out at President Biden on the day he announces his re-election in 2024, warning that the Democrat is “turning away” from American taxpayers and contributing to a struggling economy with his economic policies.
“The president is on the wrong track and taxpayers are under attack as a result,” Ernest told DailyMail.com following Biden’s announcement.
Ernest, who serves as vice chair of the Senate GOP convention, is introducing the “Boondoggle Dollar Act,” which according to an aide would “expand transparency requirements for every taxpayer-funded project.”
Will work alongsideThe “Put the Curb on the Boondoggles” Act – introduced in the last Congress – that would stem the administration’s “unruly” spending spree.
The goal of the legislation is to account for massive government-funded projects, including those approved in Biden’s signing of the trillion-dollar infrastructure bill, which was passed into law in 2021.
“The president is on the wrong track and taxpayers are under attack as a result,” Ernest told DailyMail.com.
Biden announced he would run for re-election in 2024 in a campaign video posted to Twitter Tuesday morning.
The Iowa senator also told DailyMail.com that she successfully inserted language into Biden’s infrastructure bill that would require the Department of Transportation to “track” taxpayer projects that are $1 billion over budget or behind schedule.
“Billion-dollar over budget isn’t a rough miss, it’s the very definition of a train wreck,” Ernst told DailyMail.com.
The president is expected to continue promoting his infrastructure bill while on the campaign trail.
Which is why, on the day of his re-election announcement, she gave Ernest Biden a “squeaky award” for the month of April, calling out the administration’s wasteful spending that it says harms Americans.
She specifically points to the California high-speed rail project, which was expected to cost taxpayers $33 billion when completed in 2020.
However, the project is off track for completion, which likely won’t happen for another 10 years. The result — taxpayers pay a bill of $1.8 million a day, the senator says, and the total cost has increased by more than $100 billion in total.
In addition, Nancy Pelosi’s subway extension project in San Francisco has doubled to more than $9 billion in taxpayer money.
Ernst said Biden is “pledging” $4.6 billion, including $500 million from the budget, to help complete the project.
Biden officially announced his 2024 campaign in a video posted to Twitter on Tuesday morning.
When I ran for president four years ago, I said we were in a fight for the soul of America — and we still are. Biden said the question we face is whether in the coming years we will have more freedom or less freedom, more rights or fewer.
I know what I want the answer to be. This is not the time for complacency. That is why I am running for re-election. I know America and I know we are good, decent people,” the president continued.
Ernest Biden gives ‘creak award’ for April, calling out administration’s wasteful spending that it says is harmful to Americans
“I know we are still a country that believes in honesty and respect, and we treat each other with dignity. We are a nation where we do not give hate a safe haven. We believe that everyone is equal, and that everyone should be given a fair chance to succeed in this country.
Republicans are already flocking to criticize Biden’s ad, saying he is “out of touch” with Americans.
Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel told DailyMail.com that the GOP is ‘unified’ behind his victory over the president in 2024.
“Biden is so out of touch with reality that, after creating crisis after crisis, he believes he deserves another four years. If voters allow Biden to “finish the job,” inflation will continue to rise, crime rates will rise, and more fentanyl will cross our open borders, McDaniel said. Children will continue to be left behind, and American families will be worse off.
Another senator is having trouble with Biden’s implementation of another signature bill – the inflation-lowering bill passed in 2022.
On Monday, Sen. Joe Manchin told Fox News, “Hannity is unhappy with the way the administration is pushing the legislation, which he says is focused on advancing a “radical climate agenda.”
Manchin also went further and threatened to repeal the law.
Without his vote, the legislation would never have crossed the finish line over the summer.