democratic senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Cinema gained an unlikely ally from the former Trump administration for their opposition to their party’s $3.5 trillion infrastructure package.
Larry Kudlow, who served as director of the National Economic Council under the former president between 2018 and 2021, praised the centrist democrats for holding the deal to broaden the social safety net.
During a fragment on Friday on Fox news, Kudlow spoke to Sean Hannity who expressed his typically broad critique of Biden’s policies ranging from immigration, energy, and inflation, before pitching to Kudlow, who also hosts on Fox Business.
Kudlow condemned how the Biden administration’s plans to increase federal support for social services would require tax increases for the wealthy and referred to the tax cuts that took place under the Trump administration he served.
“You should have made Trump’s tax cuts permanent, that would be the best policy this” Congress could do for economic growth,” Kudlow said.
“The problem with the Biden group is that they believe in the government, in the socialism of the big government and not in the private capitalist system of free enterprise that Trump has touted and abandoned.”
A House vote on a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill to pass in the Senate was canceled last month under pressure from progressives. They want it tied to the $3.5 trillion spending package whose price tag is too high for Manchin, of West Virginia, and Sinema, of Arizona.
But Kudlow praised the Democrats’ backlash, telling Hannity, “By the way, Sean, I’m glad Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema [are] fight back. Some blue dog Democrats,” he said, referring to the… conflict mediation of democratic centrists.
‘I’m happy. They’re not perfect, they’re not like us, they’re not supplyers, but at least someone is getting in front of this train.”
Biden has held meetings this week with Sinema and Manchin on the reconciliation package that would fund priorities for his administration such as health care, climate policy, education and family care.
The senators are still criticized for postponing the vote on the spending package. Without their support, Democrats are two votes short of the 50 they need in the upper house to pass the bill, which has no GOP support.
senator Bernie Sanders, who wants House members to reject a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill unless the Senate vote on the larger spending package tweeted that the two senators “must not defeat what 48 senators and 210 members of the House want.”
News week has contacted Sinema and Manchin offices for comment.