Manchin’s a Goat, Could Sinema Be a Goddess?
Manchin is definite a goat, but Sinema just may be a goddess.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) certainly caved in his deal with the devil, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
They have given their deal the fake name of the “Inflation Reduction Act.”
But there is still hope riding in on a white horse from the west because Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) isn’t on board yet.
“Taking my time,” Kyrsten Sinema says when asked about the reconciliation bill that Dem leaders want to pass by this weekend, per @morgan_rimmer. She has not commented on the bill since it was released, and her office says she’s waiting for the parliamentarian ruling
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) August 3, 2022
Manchin has been trying to work her over, but so far she is not in agreement and wants to read the full text so she’s waiting on a parliamentarian.
If she can hold out, she will not be the only possible objection. Others may join her as it grows more and more clear that this deal doesn’t reduce inflation and it will raise taxes on people across all levels of income. This will include the middle class, according to the Joint Commission on Taxation.
Manchin had vowed that he would never raise taxes during a recession, but again, he’s the goat in this story and that’s not the greatest of all time kind of goat.
Of course, Biden promised not to raise taxes on anyone who made under 400,000. But we’ve all been very aware of his broken promises.
The other possibility of holdouts is in the House. Fox connected with 20 Democrats who are vulnerable in campaign races to see if they would comment on the bill. These Democrats included: Reps. Sharice Davids (KS), Jared Golden (ME), Elissa Slotkin (MI), Dan Kildee (MI), Angie Craig (MN), Annie Kuster (NH), Chris Pappas (NH), Dina Titus (NV), Susie Lee (NV), Steve Horsford (NV), Marcy Kaptur (OH), Matt Cartwright (PA), Elaine Luria (VA), Abigail Spanberger (VA), Kim Schrier (WA), Cindy Axne (IA), Henry Cuellar (TX), Susan Wild (PA), Tom Malinowski (NJ), and Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ).
Not one of them responded. That communicates a lot!
“If Democrats believe their tax and spending plan is a win for Americans, why don’t they want their constituents to know that they support it,” said Cally Perkins, the press secretary for the Congressional Leadership Fund.
“Every House Democrat needs to answer if they’ll vote to double down on more of the same reckless spending that set off inflation to begin with.”