by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Longtime Rep. Kevin Brady said that the Democratic agenda under President Joe Biden is far more extreme than when Barack Obama was president.
The Texas Republican, who is the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, lashed out against the Democratic Party, which holds a slim majority in the House and Senate, during an interview with the Washington Examiner.
Brady said that he thinks the Democratic agenda “is much more dangerous and extreme than under President Obama.”
In addition to sweeping changes to tax policy proposed by Biden such as raising the corporate income tax (Brady helped lead the passage of the 2017 Republican tax cuts), Brady said ideas such as ending the Senate filibuster, dismantling the Electoral College, packing the Supreme Court, and giving less funding to law enforcement represent a “dramatic destruction of entities and institutions that frankly have created a balance of power and checks and balances for our entire history.”
Many of the proposals Brady mentioned have a very low chance of becoming law given how Democrats only hold half the Senate, with Vice President Kamala Harris serving as the tiebreaking vote. Also, because the filibuster is still in place, Republicans would also need to have a say in sweeping changes.
Still, Brady said that the stakes for the country are “dramatically higher” than a decade ago when the GOP battled the Obama administration and fought back against its proposals such as Obamacare, which eventually became law.
The Texas lawmaker, who has served in Congress since 1997 and is retiring after his current term, also contended that the post-2020 Democratic Party is pushing to expand the “welfare state” in the U.S. drastically in order to “hook more people into another generation of dependency.”