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An Affordable Thanksgiving Meal is Off the Table

Next week, Oklahomans will travel near and far to gather with loved ones and enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal. Unfortunately, two years of one-party Democrat rule will make this hard for many. Grocery prices are skyrocketing, and travel is becoming a luxury few Americans can afford while fending off increasing utility bills and mortgage rates. Joe Biden’s gift to Americans this holiday season is a failing economy with no fix in sight.

An affordable Thanksgiving meal is off the table. Inflation is at a 40-year high, and there is no sign of it slowing. This means Americans will pay 13.5 percent more for their Thanksgiving meal. Grocery prices are 12.4 percent higher this year, and wholesale turkey prices have jumped 23 percent. Prices for the ingredients to prepare your favorite recipes are up too. For example, flour is up 24.6 percent, eggs are up 43 percent, and milk is up 14.5 percent.

If you are changing your plans this year due to rising costs, you are not alone. Airline prices are up 25 percent, outpacing inflation and crushing the hopes of many who had planned to spend the holidays with loved ones far away. The once economical choice of taking a road trip is now just as expensive, with gas and diesel prices still higher than in holidays past.

Thanksgiving is a time to gather with loved ones and reflect on the many blessings the Lord has bestowed upon us. May we never forget that. However, we cannot ignore the pain that Biden’s failed economic policies have caused, nor fail to acknowledge how this will change the holiday traditions that many families have held for generations. I want every American to celebrate this wonderful holiday, and I will continue fighting in Washington to ensure that can happen.

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