On Tuesday, Home Democrats handed a invoice which might defend same-sex and interracial marriages, in response to the Supreme Court docket resolution to overturn Roe v. Wade and worry amongst lawmakers that different authorized protections could be in danger.

In the meantime, the Labor Division introduced inflation has reached its highest fee in 40 years, a truth that’s being blamed on the White Home and Democratic lawmakers, with a latest ABC-Ipsos ballot exhibiting that greater than 80% of People suppose the financial system is both an essential or essential challenge affecting how they are going to vote within the midterm elections this November.

Senate Minority Whip John Thune spoke with GMA3 in regards to the Home vote on Tuesday, his perspective on what’s inflicting inflation and what he thinks is the largest concern for voters.

GMA3: Let me herald now Senate Minority Whip John Thune. Senator, thanks a lot for being with us. I feel lots of people would not be shocked {that a} Republican is blaming Democrats possibly for inflation. We’ll get to that in only a second. However I do wish to ask you in regards to the information we noticed in a single day, what occurred within the Home, the type of a bipartisan invoice got here out of there to guard same-sex marriage. This, in fact, within the wake of the Roe v. Wade resolution with, some say, different issues like same-sex marriage could possibly be in danger. I wish to ask, are you prepared within the Senate to help that invoice as nicely to considerably codify same-sex marriage on this nation?

THUNE: Effectively, thanks, TJ. Amy, good afternoon. We do not know if that invoice is coming to the Senate. They did cross a invoice within the Home final evening. And if and when Senator Schumer decides to carry it up within the Senate, then we’ll contemplate it at the moment. However as you noticed, there was a reasonably important vote, bipartisan vote final evening. And I would not be shocked if that have been the case within the Senate. However I’ll go throughout that bridge if and once we come to it.

GMA3: However would you say we do on this nation? Perhaps that is one thing we do must codify? Do we have to make it clear — same-sex marriage — so it would not find yourself within the Supreme Court docket’s resolution once more?

THUNE: Effectively, I do not suppose it is a difficulty. It is not a difficulty. Anyone, actually in my state of South Dakota, for that matter, throughout the nation is speaking about proper now. They’re speaking about inflation and gasoline costs and all the opposite issues. I do not — I feel it is a difficulty that proper now, at the least the Democrats right here in Washington are speaking about, as a result of they’re attempting to create a difficulty going into the election as a result of they do not wish to speak in regards to the financial points. So, it isn’t — it is simply not one thing the courtroom is contemplating.

They made it very clear, truly, of their opinion on Dobbs that they weren’t coping with something however the precedent on abortion, that it would not have an effect on different precedents. So, I feel you had a really robust majority of individuals level out that Justice Thomas had a dissenting view. That is true. However for those who have a look at the six-person Justice majority on that opinion, they made it abundantly clear that this challenge addressed particularly the problem of abortion and never different precedents.

GMA3: Senator Thune, let’s transfer on to the financial system and inflation particularly. I will immediately let everybody know your tweet that we all know TJ was referring to. You stated otherwise you tweeted, “this degree of inflation is a direct results of Dems spending since they’ve taken management in D.C.” The place do you consider prices needs to be and could possibly be reduce proper now to rollback that tide of inflation?

THUNE: Effectively, I feel for those who have a look at it, Amy, when President Biden took workplace, the inflation fee was 1.4%, nicely throughout the Fed’s vary of two%. Now, as you stated, it is a 40-year excessive, 9.1% final month, yr over yr. What that represents, in keeping with the Joint Financial Committee in a examine they did lately, is about 700 extra {dollars} per 30 days per household on this nation, or about $9,000 a yr in greater prices.

So, I feel it comes again to the invoice they handed, which we tried to discourage them from passing. And even liberal Democrat economists from the Obama administration additionally advised this was a extremely dangerous thought to flood the zone with lots of spending, which they did with the $2 trillion invoice final yr. That overstimulated the financial system. You realize, the textbook definition of inflation is just too many {dollars} chasing too few items. So, it began with the spending.

I feel the opposite challenge, actually, is lack of a coherent power coverage on this nation. Plenty of what drives inflation is gasoline costs. And for those who have a look at the value of gasoline, it is doubled for the reason that president took workplace. And I feel lots of that has to do, which isn’t having the provision. They shut down lots of oil and gasoline manufacturing on this nation. I feel there are issues you are able to do that, , one, cease the wasteful spending, pointless spending.

Do not discuss elevating taxes. That will be a horrible thought proper now, which is on their agenda after which give you a coherent power coverage that emphasizes American power manufacturing in order that we’re not dependent upon different international locations all over the world.

GMA3: What would you love to do proper now provided that — and once more, you listed many issues, and I once more, considerably stated it jokingly, no person shocked to listen to a Republican put the blame on the ft of Democrats. However we had the pandemic and there have been lots of issues that did occur that was type of out of lots of people’s management with the supply-chain points. Lots of people got here proper again to the market. The demand went up actually shortly. And I do know you talked in regards to the 2 trillion in spending, however lots of that was to place a reimbursement in People’ pockets who have been struggling popping out of the pandemic. So it was lots of issues happening there. However what are you able to do? What can Congress do proper now — do you’re feeling?

PHOTO: Gas prices listed at a petrol station in Rosemead, California on July 19, 2022.

Gasoline costs listed at a petroleum station in Rosemead, California on July 19, 2022.

Frederic J. Brown/AFP through Getty Photographs

THUNE: Effectively, and actually, TJ, to your level, there was $5 trillion in spending in 2020, all executed on a bipartisan foundation. The $2 trillion got here final yr after the president took workplace. And there are issues we are able to do. I labored on a bipartisan means with Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota on a provide chain challenge, the Ocean Delivery Reform Act, which is designed to get at a few of these bottlenecks that we’re experiencing on the ports.

And I feel, once more, as I stated earlier than, specializing in and getting the administration to work with us on an power coverage that’s American power, all, , it needs to be the entire above technique. However we should attempt to obtain power independence on this nation. I feel that can drive gasoline costs down, which I feel would have a reasonably profound affect on inflation. And I simply suppose, once more, it could be a mistake proper now, which the Dems are speaking about, to extend taxes and give you one more fairly massive spending invoice.

They’re speaking about one other trillion {dollars}. I feel that might be an enormous mistake. Nevertheless it should not come as any shock to you or anyone else. It is an excellent numbered yr. That is an election yr. So clearly we’ll be speaking about points that we expect affect individuals’s pocketbooks on this nation. And definitely inflation represents that.

I simply got here from a weekend again in South Dakota, out within the western a part of the state, and it’s having a profound affect on the financial system in a state like South Dakota, which in the summertime months relies on the journey trade and that, , gasoline costs has a really consequential affect on that.

GMA3: Senator Thune, it’s an election yr, as you level out. And in keeping with the most recent Pew Analysis ballot, 62% of People consider that abortion needs to be authorized in all, or at the least most circumstances. Clearly, we noticed the sweeping reversal of Roe versus Wade. I am curious, how do you see girls shedding their reproductive rights that they’ve had for practically 5 a long time? How do you see that impacting Republicans? I do know you are up for reelection as nicely in these midterms.

THUNE: Proper. Effectively, and I feel it is a difficulty that it’ll in sure areas of the nation, act in all probability as a motivator for individuals to vote. I feel in the long run, Amy, it does get trumped by these different financial points. It is a difficulty that individuals care — actually depth behind it on each side, which is the rationale, I feel for the previous 50 years, there’s been a lot tumult within the nation and why the courtroom determined to take it up.

However, , once more, bear in mind, it would not put off abortion. It merely returns that energy to the states and their elected representatives. And it is, I feel, a kind of points it’s a must to discover political consensus round. And I feel every state, at the least proper now, will in all probability try this barely in another way in the way it performs out within the election. I do not suppose it is anyone’s guess. I feel it is a difficulty and I feel in sure locations it will likely be extra distinguished than it’s elsewhere.

However I feel in most areas of the nation, persons are going to be specializing in these pocketbook financial points. I feel that is finally going to be what they vote on.

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