House Democrats appear to be in agreement on the Inflation Reduction Act, which was negotiated by West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Several members have already confirmed that they will vote in favor of the bill, and it is expected to pass the House later this week.
Five Democrats in the House of Representatives voiced their support for the social spending and tax increase legislation in a series of responses to Fox News Digital. The bill passed the Senate over the weekend with the help of Vice President Kamala Harris’s tie-breaking vote.
When asked whether he will back the measure, Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., gave an unusually short answer when contacted by phone. Yes, he responded.
Democratic House member Al Green of Texas was much more enthusiastic.
DEMS GIVE VOTE ON MANCHIN BILL, IRS EXPANSION HIGHER PRIORITY THAN POLICE FUNDING
Green stated, “I will not let perfect be the enemy of the good,” in reference to the measure’s shortcomings. I think this bill is a fair compromise and will be voting in favor of it.
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus who has served in Congress since 1991, was less effusive in her praise of the final product from the Senate that was sent to her side of the chamber without the carry over tax hike, instead simply saying, “I will vote for it.”
A potentially swing vote in the House of Representatives has indicated that he will vote in favor of the MANCHIN-SCHUMER spending bill, suggesting that it will pass.
One of only three Buddhists ever elected to Congress, Democrat Hank Johnson of Georgia was much more reflective about the bill, saying that it has “plenty” of good parts and that he will vote to pass it.
Johnson stated coolly, “Yes, there is plenty in the bill that is good for America.” “You can count on my support”
As a member of the House Financial Services committee, California Democrat Rep. John Garamendi summed up the sentiments of many of his fellow Democrats who are sick of the stalemate over the “Build Back Better” bill and ready to go home for the summer.
Since, in Garamendi’s words, “compromise is key to democracy,” he plans to cast his vote in favor of the measure.
In response to the Democratic Party’s passage of a massive spending bill, Republicans have predicted that the party will “pay the price” in the midterm elections.
Despite the remarks provided to Fox News Digital from some House Democrats, members of the far-left “Squad” appear less than unified over the Inflation Reduction Act.
Only two members of the “Squad” — Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Jamaal Bowman of New York — have declared their support for the measure while the other four members have continued avoiding any mention of it.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Wednesday that Democrats will focus on passing the Inflation Reduction Act, postponing a vote on a number of public safety bills this month following continued differences between progressive and moderate members of the party over police funding and accountability.
In a press release, she emphasized the importance of keeping the Inflation Reduction Act as the top priority this week while discussions continue on a comprehensive public safety package.
“Democratic members of the House should feel exceptionally proud of the progress we’ve made this Congress toward protecting the public and American families. Historic gun control legislation signed by Vice President Biden and passed by the House of Representatives includes a ban on assault weapons. This further strengthens the people’s position as a whole, in this case vis-a-vis the firearms industry “And then she went and said something.
Towards the end of last month, the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) released an analysis showing that the Manchin bill would raise taxes by billions of dollars, including on middle-class earners.
The JCT proposes a 0.3 percentage point increase in taxes for Americans making less than $10,000 per year, beginning in 2023. Beginning in 2023, Americans making less than $200,000 will face an additional $16.7 billion in taxes. This legislation would add $14.1 billion in new taxes on households with incomes between $200,000 and $500,000.
Included in the bill are provisions on fossil fuel energy, a minimum corporate tax rate of 15%, and an extension of ACA subsidies.
Brandon Gillespie of Fox News provided information for this article.
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