Republicans are Pissed but Democrats are Happy

Republicans are dissatisfied with the prospect of a restored version of Build Back Better after Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Chuck Schumer announced they had reached an agreement.

While certain subtleties of the compromise bundle are hazy, Manchin said in a proclamation that the bill will contain a base 15% tax on corporations worth more than $1 billion and will likewise have investments in energy, including nuclear, renewables, and petroleum derivatives.

Machin cites the bill titled “Inflation Reduction Act of 2022.” According to him, instead of causing more inflation with trillions in new spending, the bill will lower inflation taxes, make health insurance more affordable, and invest in energy security. Biden, Schumer, and Pelosi have committed to advancing a package of commonsense permitting reforms this fall.

By enforcing IRS tax laws, closing the carried interest loophole, and establishing a corporate minimum tax, the bill will raise $739 billion in revenue. A total of $433 billion will be used for energy and climate provisions and to expand the Affordable Care Act.

The announcement was responded to by Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., who tweeted, “Build Back Broke.”  

According to Senate Majority Leader McConnell, the reconciliation package would kill thousands of American jobs. He feels American families have already been crushed by historic inflation under Democratic rule. The government wants to increase taxes, hammering workers and killing thousands of jobs.

Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., claims that the package is another word for more taxing, more spending and yet another Green New Deal.

The sudden announcement by Schumer and Manchin stunned some Democrats. Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn was shocked in a good way. Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, described reconciliation as the most significant climate action ever.

Pelosi said the agreement is good news for House Democrats, who have fought tirelessly to lower health care costs, address climate change, and ensure that large corporations pay their fair share. According to Pelosi, this agreement is a victory for families and our planet. This agreement represents a significant achievement after the discussions of the past year. To protect America’s working families and the environment, we will continue to fight for priorities not included in this legislation.

 A surge in tax revenues was not enough to offset the largest tax increase in nearly 40 years. The corporate tax increases would be nearly triple what they received in tax cuts in 2017. Additionally, international reforms would hurt American multinational companies relative to their international competitors. Another issue with the bill is the expanded Salt deduction. State and local tax deductions would be increased from $10,000 to $72,500 under the House bill. A $500 billion tax cut would benefit 84 percent of households (saving up to $19,000 per household). In contrast, the typical middle-income family would only save $20. As a result, many wealthy families could see a net tax reduction, even with other new tax hikes. The Marriage Penalty will be expanded if this bill passes into law. With this new design, the simple act of getting married could result in two people losing as much as $2,700 in earned income tax credit. There is also the potential for an increase in child care costs, a reduction in the child tax credit for illegal aliens, and no estimate of the total cost of this new bill from the Democrats.