Republican volunteers delivered a “Bidenflation” invoice to Rep. Cindy Axne’s district office in Des Moines today. The protest event, which fell on Tax Day, underscored Axne’s support of President Joe Biden in light of a brutal bout of inflation, which recently broke a 40-year record.
Volunteers taped two invoices to Axne’s office, which was closed when volunteers showed up, that charged Axne a total of $1,399, a figure calculated using the estimated $433 per month in additional costs that are being shouldered by American households due to rising inflation. “For revenue lost as a result of Cindy Axne enabling Joe Biden’s reckless economic agenda and relentlessly lauding Joe Biden even as Iowans lose a substantial amount of their income per month thanks to Bidenflation,” the invoice read.
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The invoice requested Axne “make all checks payable to ‘The People of IA-03’.”
Republican officials underscored Democrats like Axne’s continued support of Biden and Biden’s policies despite soaring inflation.
“Iowans’ wallets are being stretched by Bidenflation from every direction: from higher grocery bills to gas price hikes,” Republican National Committee Spokesman Kush Desai said in a statement. “If Iowa Democrats actually cared about their constituents, lowering prices and the tax burden would be at the top of their to-do lists. Instead, Iowans struggle to afford basic necessities and enough gas to get to and from work.”
Despite dwindling support for Biden among Iowans, Axne has consistently stood with the embattled president. During a November “Iowa Press” interview, Axne lauded Biden as a “great president” and expressed openness to campaigning with him in Iowa as she faces a rough re-election campaign later this year. She got her wish last week when Biden paid a visit to a Menlo biofuels plant – his first visit to Iowa since October 2020 – and praised Axne for doing “one heck of a job.”
Axne has also supported more controversial Biden initiatives, such as his multi-trillion-dollar infrastructure spending package. Numerous economists, including former Democrat officials, have attributed rising inflation to the Biden administration’s runaway deficit spending programs, beginning with a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package that was passed in March 2021 despite Republican opposition; Axne had also voted in favor of that legislation.
With no indication of inflation abating, rising prices and Axne’s continued support of Biden – who a majority of voters blame for inflation, according to recent polling – will be key factors in the lone Iowa Democrat congressmember’s re-election bid.