It’s half of what he started with…
But we know that was just a negociating start off figure….
Biden will have to get his parties two US Senator’s Manchin and Sinema and Progressive Democrats to go along with this outline in principal on several bills and his budget ….
It ain’t over yet folks….
This is just a framework….
Progressives now want the Infrastructure and Social Spending bills locked together for a vote….
The man deserves a win for him, his party and America’s sake….
“I don’t think it’s hyperbole to say that the House and Senate majorities and my presidency will be determined by what happens in the next week.”
— President Biden, quoted by Axios, to a House Democratic caucus meeting.*
Biden is also expected to make public remarks touting the plan as a generational boon to Americans.
Taken together, the moves reflect a decision by Biden to assume ownership of the sweeping safety-net proposal in a new way. He is investing enormous political capital in his new proposal — which follows days of intensive, secretive meetings with key lawmakers — and is essentially warning any wary Democrats that they risk damaging him and the party if they do not get on board.
The new signature initiative would expand Medicare benefits, promote cleaner energy, offer free prekindergarten and other educational opportunities and invest heavily in social safety net programs, including tax credits and other aid that chiefly benefit low-income families. It would mark the most far-reaching social package in years.
The administration has proposed funding the efforts through a slew of proposals, including a new surtax targeting ultrawealthy Americans.
Many of the components in the retooled, sweeping blueprint originate in the proposals Biden put forward in the spring. The ideas correspond with promises the president and other party candidates made in the course of the 2020 election, when Biden ran on a refrain to “build back better.”…
In unveiling the details of its new spending plans, White House officials took great care to stress that the entire $1.75 trillion is financed in full. They aim to pay for the package through a variety of new tax policies, including newly proposed rules that require companies to pay a minimum 15 percent tax — seeking to address the fact some profitable, multinational corporations use creative accounting to lower their tax burdens to zero.
The idea is a significant departure from the rate increases Biden initially sought as part of a campaign pledge to unwind the tax cuts enacted under President Donald Trump in 2017. The White House also backed off a plan to apply a new billionaires’ income tax to roughly 700 Americans, including Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk. (Bezos owns The Washington Post.)
Instead, they proposed a special 5 percent rate for Americans with income above $10 million and an additional 3 percent surtax for those above $25 million.
Biden’s package does contain the advertised 15% across the board tax increases for rich big business…
(This was an international goal that the US can now ‘say’ they are doing)
We’ll see if that survives, or is circumvented by most companies ….
The ‘Wealth Tax’ that was talked about has been watered down and will probably be circumvented also by accountant’s for the rich….
The NY Times says the deal is for $1.85 Trillion….
Jayapal Says Votes Aren’t There for Infrastructure Bill
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) told reporters members of the House progressive caucus are prepared to stay through the weekend.
She added: “We intend to vote for both bills when the Build Back Better Act is ready.”
But she noted “there are too many no votes” for the bipartisan infrastructure bill to pass today.
Progressive bloc playing hardball like Manchin and Sinema
After meeting with Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, Rep. Pramila Jayapal says she is still unchanged and would vote against The infrastructure bill if it came to the floor today. The congresswoman said it was a great conversation with Sinema, but declined to say if she got any assurances.
Democratic Socialist Dave says
I just don’t know where to land on this months-long wrangle where the two fringes (including my own) of the Democratic caucuses hold very weak hands but are trying to bluff the other end for concessions.
Remember, if you can, that progressives wanted $6 trillion (later at least $3 trillion) and Joe Manchin couldn’t see himself paying out more than $1 trillion or, at most, $1.5 trillion?
The current compromise package is $1.7 trillion, which is far closer to $1-1.5 than to $3-6; so you’d think the Dynamic (or Static) Duo could see their way to accepting it, which they won’t yet affirm positively.
Meanwhile the progressives, having got so relatively little (although still transformational) are saying rhey can’t yet pull all of their 100-odd members to vote yes on the parallel infrastructure bill, which passed cloture in the Senate through all 50 Democrats and about a third of the Republicans.
The wrestling is continuing…..
One would assume this is actually normal , but does NOT play out so much in public….
A good deal is if EVERYBODY gets a bit of what they want?
They REALLY DO have come together after this is done….
Obama (And Biden?) was knocked for NOT selling his healthcare plan to the public afterwards…
Democrats need to not make the same mistake….
Republicans will certainly try to take credit for capital improvement money coming out of the infrastructure bill…IF Dem’s let them….