One of the headwinds facing the U.S. economy is the runaway inflation that burdens consumers.
According to U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville), a candidate in Alabama's U.S. Senate Republican primary, government spending has much to do with the inflationary trend.
Republicans vow to rein in spending should they win control of the House and/or Senate in November by using Congress' power of the purse strings.
During an interview that aired on Thursday's broadcast of Mobile radio FM Talk 106.5's "The Jeff Poor Show," Brooks said he had reservations about the prospects of congressional Republicans following through on their campaign pledge.
He pointed to unfulfilled promises made by the GOP on the 2010 Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
"Not just any Republicans, Jeff," Brooks said. "It has to be people who have the intellectual understanding of the cascading effects of these public policy issues we vote on and who have the backbone to do the right thing, even if there is significant adverse pressure to do the wrong thing. We have to have the right Republicans. We have Republicans in 2017 and 2018. Did we help Donald Trump build the wall, his number-one campaign promise? No, we failed. Did we repeal Obamacare like we had promised we would do in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016? No, we failed. And who is it who failed us? It's the RINO-wing of our party. It's the John McCains. It's the Richard Shelbys, OK?
"Richard Shelby -- I point him out in particular who was a Senate appropriator who did not do what was necessary to provide the funding to build the wall that was the number-one campaign promise to President Trump. We've got a lot of people who won't do the right thing. We need Republicans to nominate the right people to do the right thing."
Brooks indicated a lack of confidence in his current House Republican colleagues to stymy the spending trend should they regain control of the U.S. House chamber later this year.
"Absolutely not," Brooks replied when asked the prospects. "Unfortunately, our House Republican leadership has kowtowed to various groups within the House Republican conference. And we have a lot of liberal RINO Republicans. Those are the ones that we had to overcome to at least pass the repeal of Obamacare out of the House, and that was hard to do. They're also the ones we're going to have to overcome if we're going to have a balanced budget. These RINO Republicans, they're debt junkies. They love to spend the money we don't have, have to borrow and can't afford to pay back, all because they think it will help them win their next election. These same RINO Republicans are why we didn't build the wall and why we have open borders because they support open borders."
Brooks also noted the late Sen. John McCain's campaign promises on the Affordable Care Act and his "no" vote, which was the deciding vote that defeated the GOP's so-called "skinny repeal" effort.
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