Your guide to the California U.S. Senate election: Alex Padilla vs. Mark P. Meuser

Meuser blamed “out of control government spending” for rising consumer prices on everything from groceries to gas.

He proposed balancing the budget and additional oil drilling, including in California, to ease prices.

“Then we need to examine every single executive agency, and we need to really audit every department for waste, fraud and abuse,” he said.

He opposed the Inflation Reduction Act, the recently passed federal law that reduces the deficit, lowers prescription drug costs, invests in domestic energy production and promotes clean energy.

Padilla voted for the law, commending its focus on climate change and healthcare prices.

He supports Medicare for all and universal basic income and making the child-tax credit permanent.

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