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Joe Manchin Says Last Spending Bill Was A Mistake, Won’t Happen Again
(PresidentialHill.com)- Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, explained why he supported a new financing proposal and assured that it wouldn’t raise taxes or accelerate inflation while admitting that he was incorrect about a previous spending bill.
The host of “Fox News Sunday,” Bret Baier, mentioned that Manchin had previously appeared on the program and asserted that the American Rescue Plan, a previous Democratic spending initiative, would not result in inflation. Manchin admitted his mistake that Sunday.
Baier asked that when he asserts that this new legislation won’t cause inflation to worsen, why should Americans believe him?
Manchin said he’d make sure he doesn’t make that mistake again.
Manchin underlined that despite allegations to the contrary from groups like Americans for Tax Reform, the new law wouldn’t result in higher taxes.
Manchin said that “it does not raise taxes” and that “what it does is close loopholes.”
Democrat from New York and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer was difficult to agree with, but Manchin said that when he did, he “made sure there were no tax rises whatsoever.” Manchin said he had questioned his capacity to do so.
The current law, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, significantly scales back the Democrats’ defeated Build Back Better Act. The current law is $433 billion more expensive than the old one, which was approximately $3 trillion.
In addition to enacting a 15 percent corporate minimum tax on businesses with sales exceeding $1 billion, the new legislation will close the carried interest loophole, which is anticipated to collect $14 billion. Together, these two measures are expected to raise $313 billion. The senator argued that this is not the same as raising taxes.
He asserted that it only fills up holes.
On Sunday, Manchin discussed another part of the bill: a subsidy for those who earn up to $300,000 a year and purchase an electric vehicle. The provision has come under fire for making the general public responsible for paying for wealthy Americans’ expensive automobiles. Manchin has previously criticized the idea, saying there was already a high demand for autos and no need for incentives.
Manchin claims that despite current legislation’s efforts to promote American manufacturing, he still has the same opinion. A car’s battery must be made in the USA rather than China to qualify for the subsidy.
“Since that is what we are trying to achieve, we shouldn’t be seeking for China to assure that they have total power over us. We’re going to break it as quickly as we can because we’re incentivizing it,” he added.