Herschel Walker criticizes new health and climate laws. Not enough trees? Herschel Walker, the Republican nominee for the Senate seat in Georgia, has been critical of the spending provisions included in the recently enacted climate and health care law.
Specifically, he has taken issue with the provision of funds for an urban forestry program, which he believes to be superfluous.
“[A] significant amount of money is being spent on trees. Do we not have a sufficient number of trees in this area?” According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Walker stated this while attending an event hosted by the Republican Jewish Committee close to Atlanta.
In a subsequent tweet that was sent out on Monday evening, Walker doubled down on his criticism and directed it on his Democratic opponent, Senator Raphael Warnock, as well as President Joe Biden.
The tweet from Walker read, “Yes, you heard me right.” “Those making less than $200,000 per year will see an increase in their tax burden as a result of Joe Biden and Reverend Warnock’s plan to spend $1.5 billion on ‘urban forestry.’ That is something with which I do have an issue.”
Taxes are not directly increased for working Americans incomes less than $200,000 per year as a result of the new law. In accordance with a promise made by Biden, Democrats have stated that households earning less than $400,000 annually will not be impacted by the bill.
However, Republican lawmakers have pounced on a report by the Joint Committee on Taxation that suggests that the measures will indirectly harm lower-income and middle-class Americans. The analysis shows that these groups will be negatively affected.
Economists anticipate that firms will pass on a portion of the corporate tax to workers in the form of lower salaries. This will be done in order to offset the cost of the tax.
The Walker campaign did not respond to a request for further comment; however, the Republican candidate appears to be referring to a provision in the sweeping $750 billion law that gives $1.5 billion to the United States Forest Service for a program to plant and improve forests and trees in urban areas. The law was signed into law by President Obama on December 18, 2015.
The provision is only one of several that Republican candidates like Walker have attacked as unnecessary spending by the government. Proponents of the statute and environmental groups have lauded the provision as a windfall to cities with relatively low tree growth.
Walker in particular has targeted policies and spending that are tied to climate change, and at times he has spoken in a manner that is confused about the problem.
“Due to the fact that we are unable to manage the air, the clean air from our country has drifted into China. When China breathes in our clean air, it forces their polluted air to move. Therefore, it moves into our relatively safe air space.
After that — right now, we have to clean up that mess again, “Walker declared this the previous month when speaking at a local GOP rally.
Concerns have been expressed among Republicans in Georgia and across the country regarding Walker’s candidacy for governor, which is a primary priority for the Republican Party.
In the past several weeks, the Walker campaign has received a large number of reinforcements from veteran Republican operatives in an effort to right the ship and better prepare Walker for his battle against Warnock in November.