While trying to distance himself and the Democrat Party from record-setting inflation rates President Biden said that despite his party having a majority it clearly is not in control of Congress.
The Washington Examiner reports:
“I think our policies help, not hurt,” Biden told reporters Tuesday at the White House. “Economists think that this is going to be a real tough problem to solve, but it’s not because of spending. We brought down the deficit.”
Alluding to Democrats’ slim Senate majority, he provided a muddled message on his party not monopolizing Capitol Hill power, preventing his preferred measures from passing.
“You’re justifiably right: We control all three branches of the government. Well, we don’t really. We have a 50-50 Senate. You need 60 votes to get things done,” he said. Democrats only control the Senate due to Vice President Kamala Harris’s tiebreaking vote.
When needled on how long the public should expect to experience elevated prices, Biden was adamant he was “not going to predict that.” Earlier in his inflation-focused remarks, he tried to convey he understood the public’s concerns.
Biden’s remarks come as the nation’s average gas prices hit a new all-time high record.
According to AAA data, the new national average is $4.37 without accounting for inflation.
Just two months ago, the national average surpassed $4.00 a gallon for the first time in over a decade. Now, no single state has lower average prices than $3.90 per gallon.