Biden to head to Capitol to push agenda, unite Democrats

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President Joe Biden will travel to Capitol Hill on Thursday to talk to House Democrats about his domestic agenda and a bipartisan infrastructure deal.

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Biden will then comment from the White House, a possible sign that a settlement may be within reach following a proposal for a paid family leave and a billionaires tax to win over decisive senators in the 50-50 Senate. Finished.

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The president is expected to announce the outline of at least one deal before departing later on Thursday at the global summit.

Democrats’ disputes over the big domestic policy bill have stalled the passage of a separate $1 trillion package of road, broadband and other infrastructure projects, which the Senate approved with bipartisan support. Progressive House Democrats want to see the fine print of the big domestic bill before voting on the infrastructure measure.

And Democrats are eyeing a new surcharge on the wealthy — 5% on incomes over $10 million and an additional 3% on those over $25 million — to help pay for it, according to one person. , which insisted on anonymity to discuss private talks.

The billionaires tax proposal was designed to win over another Democratic holdout, Sen. Kirsten Cinema of Arizona, but Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia banned it as unfairly targeting the wealthy, making Democrats difficult. Fell in

“Instead of trying to punish people in the stratosphere, we should be pleased that this country is capable of producing wealth,” Manchin told reporters.

Ahead of the fall was a proposed paid family vacation program that was already being chiseled back to 12 to four weeks to satisfy Manchin. But with their objections, it was unlikely to be included in the bill, the person said.

In an evenly divided Senate, Biden needs the support of all Democrats, with no votes remaining.

White House officials met in the Capitol with Munchkin and Cinema, two senators who now hold overwhelming power, to essentially decide whether Biden will be able to deliver on the Democrats’ key campaign promises.

Sunday’s deadline for approving a small, bipartisan roads and bridges infrastructure bill or allowing funding for regular transportation programs runs the risk.

Despite a series of deadlines, Democrats have been unable to close the deal among themselves, and Republicans strongly oppose the package. At best, Democrats could potentially reach a framework that could send Biden abroad with a deal and unlock the process while the final details were sewn up.

Applying pressure, Pelosi announced Thursday’s committee hearing to move the Biden package toward a full House vote, though timing remained uncertain.

Democrats hoped Wednesday’s unveiling of the billionaires’ tax could help solve the revenue side of the equation, when cinema took the party’s earlier call to reverse a Trump-era tax break on corporations and those earning more than $400,000. rejected the idea.

The new billionaires proposal would tax the gains of those who have more than $1 billion in assets or more than $100 million in three consecutive years — fewer than 800 people — giving them taxes on the gains of stocks and other tradable assets. instead of waiting until the holdings are sold.

Democrats have said it could raise $200 billion in revenue that could help fund Biden’s package over 10 years. Republicans have ridiculed the billionaires’ tax as “weird,” and some have suggested it will face a legal challenge.

But Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, insists the billionaire tax remains on the table.

“I haven’t heard a single United States senator — not one — get up and say, ‘Gee, I think it’s funny that billionaires pay little or nothing for years on end,'” Whedon said.

More likely in the mix were the companion proposal, a new 15% corporate minimum tax, as well as a proposed new surcharge on higher incomes above $10 million.

Together they are designed to satisfy Biden’s desire for rich and big business to pay his “fair share.” They also live up to its promise that no new taxes are levied on those earning less than $400,000 annually or for couples making less than $450,000. Biden wants his package to be fully repaid without debt.

Among Democrats, Representative Richard Neill of Massachusetts, chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, said he told Wyden that the billionaires’ tax could be difficult to implement. Despite Cinema’s opposition, he hopes Democrats will stick with his panel’s approach to raising rates on corporations and the wealthy, while undoing the 2017 tax cuts.

“There’s a lot of anger out there about the billionaires’ tax,” Neil said.

Under the House bill approved by Neil’s panel, the top individual income tax rate would increase from 37% to 39.6% for couples who earn more than $400,000 annually or more than $450,000. The corporate rate will increase from 21 per cent to 26.5 per cent.

The House bill also proposes a 3% surcharge on the wealthiest Americans with adjusted incomes of more than $5 million annually, and Neal suggested that this could be increased to $10 million to win on the holdouts.

Opposing two senators are forcing tough cuts, if not outright elimination, in policy priorities – from child care assistance to dental, vision and hearing aid benefits for seniors.

The once heavy climate change strategies are less punitive on pollutants, as opposed by coal-state Manchin, focusing instead on rewarding clean energy incentives.

Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders said: “You have 48 out of 50 people supporting an agenda that works for the American people.”

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Associated Press writers Farnoush Amiri and Kevin Freking contributed to this report.

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