June 3, 2022 Press Releases

FACT CHECK: National Republicans Lie about Inflation, Senator Kelly Fights to Lower Costs for Arizona Families


Today, Mitch McConnell’s Super PAC released a new ad lying about Senator Kelly’s extensive work to lower costs for Arizonans.

After entering the Senate during a global pandemic and an economic downturn, Kelly supported a plan that provided direct relief to families and small businesses and didn’t cause the higher costs facing Arizonans today. Since then he’s continued to advocate for Arizonans, addressing rising costs by introducing legislation, working across the aisle, and pushing the Administration to take specific actions.

Regardless of what this shameless ad claims, Kelly understands what it means for families to struggle to fill their gas tanks and grocery carts and he’s working to fix it.

“No desperate, false attack from National Republicans can distort Senator Kelly’s strong record of working to lower costs and support Arizona families and small businesses,” said Mark Kelly for Senate Spokesperson Sarah Guggenheimer. “Since taking office, Kelly has worked with both Democrats and Republicans, taking action to lower costs while opposing frivolous government spending. Arizonans know they can count on Kelly to deliver direct support that puts our economy back on track.”

McConnell Claim: The American Rescue Plan is to blame for inflation

THE FACTS: The American Rescue Plan did not cause rampant inflation and helped families and small businesses recover from the pandemic

Moody’s Analytics: Global Fiscal Policy in the Pandemic

The ARP has been criticized as being too large, overstimulating an already fast-improving economy and significantly contributing to the currently uncomfortably high inflation. This perspective is not consistent with our results. Without the ARP, the U.S. economy would have come close to suffering a double-digit recession in spring 2021.

Economy Policy Institute: Fiscal policy and inflation

Because the aggregate output gap hasn’t even closed as of September 2021 even as the ARP fiscal impulse has largely faded, I don’t think that too-fast a disbursement of relief has been the big problem in generating inflation. The big problem, again, has been COVID-19 keeping services spending low and goods spending high while snarling supply chains.

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: American Rescue Plan Act Will Help Millions and Bolster the Economy

KYMA: Small Business Admin Launches Sen. Mark Kelly Initiative

The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) is launching a new grant program that was crafted by Sen. Mark Kelly. There’s $100 million set aside in President Biden’s ‘American Rescue Plan.’ The senator says it will strengthen and advance the outreach to businesses in underserved communities. It’s an opportunity to connect with non-profit organizations in the smallest rural and urban communities in the country…The grant awards will range from $1 million to $5 million for a two-year performance period.

KYMA: Senator Kelly Helps Latino-Owned Business Secure $1.3 Million Loan

Small business owners are thanking Senator Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) after his visit to their businesses Friday. He toured the Phoenix area with U.S. Small Business Administrator (SBA) Isabella Casillas Guzman. They highlighted the senator’s Community Navigator Program, which was made possible through the American Rescue Plan (APA) back in May 2021. It was designed to make financial aid easier to access, as well as other support small businesses need, especially those owned by minorities, women and U.S. veteran entrepreneurs.

KYMA: Sen. Kelly Highlights Impact Of $100 Million Program For Arizona Small Businesses 

McConnell Claim: Senator Kelly supported unchecked government spending

THE FACTS: Senator Kelly has cautioned against government spending that isn’t paid for

Newsweek: Mark Kelly, Echoing Krysten Sinema, Concerned Over Biden’s Infrastructure Price Tag

“I want to see it paid for,” [Senator Kelly] said. “But I want to see this process move forward.”…

On Wednesday, Kelly told CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Manu Raju he was “still looking at it,” in response to questioning about Sinema’s opposition to the high-cost budget resolution bill. “We’ll see what’s in the details of the bill, what we spend the money on and how we pay for it.”

White Mountain Independent: Q&A with Senator Kelly

I’ve told my colleagues that this budget reconciliation package must be paid for and make responsible investments that benefit Arizona’s economy,’ [Kelly] said. ‘There are a number of proposals being discussed, from increasing renewable energy production to extending middle class tax cuts, and I’ll continue working with my colleagues to ensure that Arizona’s priorities are met.’

McConnell Claim: Senator Kelly has caused “record gas prices and soaring prices”

THE FACTS: Senator Kelly has worked for months to lower gas prices and grocery costs

AP: Senators Call For Gas Tax Suspension To Blunt Rising Prices

Some Democratic senators on Wednesday called for suspending the federal gas tax for the remainder of the year to help consumers struggling with rising fuel prices. The legislation from Sens. Mark Kelly of Arizona and Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire could prove popular during an election year in which the average price of gas nationally, according to AAA, exceeds about $3.45 a gallon and could go higher during peak driving season. Four other Democratic senators quickly signed on as co-sponsors…Kelly said gas prices are putting a strain on families that need to fill up the tank to get to work and school.

KTAR: Sen. Mark Kelly wants White House to look into Arizona’s soaring gas prices

The rapid rise of gas prices in Arizona is a concern to Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly and he wants the White House to do something about it. ‘We’re asking them to look at it. … This is really hurting families across our state,’ Kelly told KTAR News 92.3’s Arizona’s Morning News on Thursday. Costs for a gallon of regular unleaded gas in the state is averaging $3.72 as of Thursday, according to AAA. The national average is $3.41. ‘We’ve got to get the administration to do something about this. It’s too expensive for Arizona families,’ Kelly said.

Sierra Sun Times: Amid Invasion In Ukraine, U.S. Senator Mark Kelly Calls On Biden To Release Oil From Strategic Reserves, Support Suspending Federal Gas Tax

On Friday, following the unprovoked, illegal Russian invasion of Ukraine, Senator Mark Kelly urged President Joe Biden to take immediate steps to lower energy costs for Americans by authorizing coordinated releases of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, signing into law Kelly’s bill to suspend the federal gas tax through the end of the year, and continuing robust domestic energy production. In his letter to Biden, Kelly also emphasized that the United States is the world’s top producer of natural gas which may prove to be one of its strongest economic assets for countering Russian aggression while also lowering fuel prices.

KOLD: Senator Mark Kelly Tackles Supply Chain Issues

Fox News: Democratic Sens. Kelly, Manchin press Biden over Gulf oil leases

Sens. Mark Kelly and Joe Manchin are pressing President Biden to encourage oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico to help ease Americans’ long-term pain at the pumps.

The comments from Kelly, D-Ariz., and Manchin, D-W.Va., come as American energy production is put into sharp focus amid Russia’s war on Ukraine. The war exposed Europe’s reliance on Russian energy and highlighted the geopolitical importance of fossil fuels.

“Americans are facing record-level gasoline prices every day when they commute to work, drive their children to school and buy groceries and medicine,” the senators said in a letter to Biden Friday. “The additional disruptions in the oil market caused by Russia’s illegal war in Ukraine could drive prices up even further.”

KYMA: AZ Senator Kelly And WY Senator Lummis Establish Bipartisan Bill To Improve Trucking Workforce Amid Supply Chain Setbacks

The pandemic continues to impact our supply chains and Arizonans are feeling the strain of higher prices at the supermarket and the gas pump. Our bipartisan bill cuts red tape and boosts our trucking workforce so we can safely and quickly deliver essential supplies and good across the country,’ Sen. Kelly said. ‘I will continue to ensure the federal government uses every available took to strengthen our economy and bring down costs for Arizonans.’