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Rep. Maloney remembers ‘eating Chef Boyardee’ as a kid during inflation talk, says it’s ‘what families have to do’

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Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, DN.Y., said during an interview in late October that his family would be “eating Chef Boyardee” when gas prices rose during his childhood and He added that “that’s what families have to do” if they find themselves in financial difficulties.

“Hudson Valley residents are feeling pain at the pump and at the grocery stores, what have you done and what do you plan to do to help solve our inflation problem?” Maloney was asked.

“Yeah, well, I grew up in a family where, you know, if the gas price went up, the food budget went down,” Rep. Maloney said. “So at this time of the week, we would be eating Chef Boyardee if that budget didn’t change. That’s what families need to do. This is what we need to do,” Maloney said before discussing actions he said would reduce inflation.

“We’re capping out-of-pocket expenses for seniors in the Medicare program. That’s a big deal. So right now, only $2,000 a year will come out of pocket, rain or shine,” Maloney said. “That allows seniors to budget. We’re also negotiating, finally, in the Medicare program with the big prescription drug companies to lower the cost of everyone’s prescription drugs. That’s something that should have been done a long time ago.” “.

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Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, who heads the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, feels his party has a “sympathy problem.”
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Maloney made the comments during an interview with Halston Media Productions, published on October 27.

Maloney also said that “we’ve released 90 million barrels of the strategic petroleum reserve, that’s what’s taken about $1.30 off the price of a gallon of gasoline. That’s a big help.”

“We have to do more to keep the price from going up and going down. And there are other things we can do. We absolutely can lower health insurance premiums for those on the Affordable Care Act. We have done that,” he added. “We can pay for these things, by the way, with a tax on the big corporations, so that they finally pay what they owe. We finally did.”

Speaking of energy, Maloney said that “we can increase the production of energy, particularly renewable energy, so that there is more supply, which reduces prices.”

“That is part of the strategy of the Inflation Reduction Law. And all of these strategies together, on top of chasing price increases, by the way, because these big oil companies are making a fortune off of Putin’s war and everything else. we have to make sure that people do not benefit from war. All of these strategies together can help drive prices down,” Maloney said.

Responding to a request for comment, a spokesperson for Maloney told Fox News Digital that it is “shameful” that Mike Lawler, his opponent who shared a clip of the comments on Twitter, “takes lightly” the struggles families face. .

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Assemblyman Mike Lawler, a Republican candidate for the 17th congressional district, speaks at a news conference at the Westchester County Courthouse in White Plains on October 12, 2022.

Assemblyman Mike Lawler, a Republican candidate for the 17th congressional district, speaks at a news conference at the Westchester County Courthouse in White Plains on October 12, 2022.
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“Unlike Lawler, who is profiting from his own campaign and doing bank lobbying for big oil companies, Rep. Maloney understands what families are up against. In the interview, Rep. Maloney describes his own childhood, with a limited weekly budget for a family of 8, and explains steps it has taken to cut costs, such as lowering prescription drug costs, increasing energy production, and holding businesses accountable for price gouging,” explained the spokesman.

Lawler told Fox News Digital that Maloney’s response shows he is out of touch with the struggles of working families.

“Sean Maloney’s solution to inflation is: let them eat Chef Boyardee!” Lawler said. “Shows how disconnected he is from work [sic] the struggles of seniors, working families, and people in need of assistance. Voters understand that the only way to fix it is to fire the very politicians who created this mess in the first place, which is why Sean Maloney will lose on Election Day!”

Mia Ehrenberg, Maloney’s director of communications, said on Twitter that Lawler’s clip was “terribly out of context” and asked why he opposes the Inflation Reduction Act.

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On October 24, the Cook Political Report turned Maloney’s career from skinny Democrat to shaky.

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