GREAT FALLS — U.S. Senator Jon Tester of Montana is sharing his thoughts on the implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act. It was signed into law by President Joe Biden on August 16 and includes $750 billion for climate change, healthcare, and energy.
Tester, a Democrat, said implantation won’t be that difficult but said there needs to be an effort to make sure the agencies involved do it right.
"We have committees that oversee each one of those agencies and they're going to be focused on that, so I look forward to seeing the benefits of that bill,” Tester said.
Montana U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Montana's U.S. Representative Matt Rosendale, both Republicans, voted against the Inflation Reduction Act.
Daines said in a news release: “As Montanans continue to struggle with sky-high prices on everything from gas to groceries to housing, every single Senate Democrat voted to raise energy costs, give taxpayer dollars to the rich for electric vehicles, increase taxes and supersize the IRS to go after small businesses and families — it’s a slap in the face to Montana families. The Democrats’ reckless tax and spend bill is bad for Montana families, bad for Montana energy jobs and bad for Montanans’ pocketbooks.”
Rosendale said in a letter to Daines and Tester: “This partisan legislation would fail to solve the inflation crisis that is crushing Montana families and small businesses, recklessly raise taxes during a recession, and harm Montana’s way of life…It is simply wrong-headed to raise taxes by hundreds of billions of dollars – including on the middle class – just as many economists believe our nation has entered a recession.”
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