Chuck Schumer Says Paid Leave is Vital to Build Back Better

( Last week, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer attended an event hosted by an activist group called “Paid Leave for All,” in which he expressed his support for government-funded paid leave, saying the Democrats would fight “very hard” to make sure it is included in the Build Back Better bill.

In a report on Schumer’s appearance at this event, CNBC crowed about how wonderful it was that activist groups were successful in pressuring the Democrats to add their pet spending to this massive, unsustainable spending monstrosity as if it’s good news.

CNBC made sure to add a scolding paragraph about how West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin is standing in the way of this magical utopian spending bill. Then it claimed that Democrat strategists are warning that not including family leave in this monstrosity would hurt Democrats in 2022.

In other words, CNBC is acting as activists and lobbyists for the bill, rather than reporting the news.

The reality is the Democrats’ “Build Back Better” bill is not widely supported among the American people. What’s more, last week the Congressional Budget Office scored the bill without all the tricks and gimmicks Democrats used to make it look like the bill was paid for. And it turns out, the Democrats are lying when they say the bill is fully paid for. In reality, it would add trillions to the deficit.

What Democrats did to hide the true cost of this monstrosity is make all the massive welfare programs temporary. Nobody with half a brain believes that, once these welfare programs begin, they will ever expire.

Democrats in Congress have openly admitted that they want these programs to continue in perpetuity.

So last week, the CBO ran the numbers again, this time with the welfare spending not expiring. When you strip away the budget gimmicks, this bill would increase the deficit by a staggering $3 trillion.

This is in line with independent assessments of the “Build Back Better” monstrosity. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget projected the bill would actually cost $4.8 trillion over ten years if the welfare provisions are made permanent, and would add about $2.8 trillion to the deficit.

The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Budget Model estimated the bill’s actual cost at $4.6 trillion if the welfare programs don’t expire.

And make no mistake, if Democrats pass this bill, not one of the welfare spending programs will ever expire.