Say It Ain’t So, Kyrsten…You Could Have Been Our Goddess
Kyrsten, Kyrsten, Kyrsten, you could have been the Goddess of the GOP. But you ended up joining the West Virginian goat.
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has ended the political guessing game and chosen to side the Manchin and their fellow Democrats on the new reconciliation bill.
The “Inflation Reduction Act” has the full support of the party.
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) said she would “move forward” on a revised version of Senate Democrats’ health care, climate, and deficit-reduction package. This announcement came after party leaders agreed to scale back some of their original tax proposals.
The changes satisfied Sinema’s biggest concerns and put into motion the plan to approve the legislation this weekend.
Sinema said in a statement that her party had “agreed to remove” a key tax targeting wealthy investors. They also made changes to a provision that aimed to impose a new minimum tax on corporations that currently pay nothing in taxes.
The hidden storyline here might be how the senator has moved from a Green Party radical to a big business politician. According to reports, she is the force behind the tax provision change for major corporations.
It will be interesting to see how the numbers play out in the revised version of the bill. And it will be interesting to see how Sinema’s approval plays out in her purple state of Arizona. Can she afford to be in favor of a bill that throws $400 billion on “climate change?”
Manchin is facing a similar challenge. He promised his voters that he would not be a part of another big spending bill amid inflation chaos.
He broke that promise for future payoff promises that are unenforceable.
Will both of these Democratic senators suffer when they come up for reelection? They both will not get any cover from the GOP in the future, so time will tell regarding their political fate.
Senate Democrats secure Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s support for Inflation Reduction Act with changes to tax provisions https://t.co/tDyQTkLWLJ
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) August 5, 2022