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Biden backs down on corporate tax hikes, open to altering filibuster

EconomyOct 22, 2021 06:47AM ET
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2/2 © Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks at an event to celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, U.S., October 21, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis/File Photo 2/2

By Trevor Hunnicutt and Nandita Bose

BALTIMORE (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday backed away from pledged tax increases to fund planned infrastructure and social spending, and also said he was open to reforming Senate voting rights by "fundamentally altering" its filibuster custom https://www.reuters.com/world/us/what-is-us-senate-filibuster-why-is-everyone-talking-about-it-2021-10-06.

In a wide-ranging CNN town hall in Baltimore, Biden said he was close to striking a deal to pass major spending measures after weeks of intraparty bickering among his fellow Democrats.

However, he said that raising corporate tax rates, one of his most oft-cited promises, was unlikely to be part https://www.reuters.com/world/us/white-house-tells-democrats-corporate-tax-hike-unlikely-congressional-source-2021-10-20 of the legislation. A separate minimum corporate tax proposal could fund the social programs that are at the heart of his domestic agenda, Biden said.

When asked about voting rights, Biden expressed support for changing the Senate filibuster tradition, which requires 60 of 100 U.S. senators to agree on most legislation. That hurdle has left the Democratic party powerless on key social issues given their narrow majority. It "remains to be seen" whether he planned to do away with the filibuster altogether, Biden added.

Taxes were a central issue in Biden's social spending plan, which is the subject of pitched debate on Capitol Hill and in the White House as negotiators look for the sweet spot between progressives wanting an array of new programs and moderates worried about the cost.

The tax compromise could help sell the plan to Senator Kyrsten Sinema, who has expressed concern about Biden's plan to raise corporate taxes after the Trump administration slashed them from 35% to 21% in 2017.

Sinema and Senator Joe Manchin, both moderate Democrats, have been pushing for a smaller package and have opposed some elements of the bill.

Negotiations now center around four or five issues, Biden said. He later said a clean energy performance plan has not been dropped, adding that Sinema is "very supportive" of his environmental agenda.

Biden struck a confident note on his $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal and a separate, social spending plan expected to cost under $2 trillion.

When asked whether Democrats were close to a deal, Biden said: "I think so." Later, he added: "If we can't eventually unite this country, we're in deep trouble. ... I do think I'll get a deal."

FILIBUSTER UNDER FIRE

When asked by CNN's Anderson Cooper whether he would consider "fundamentally altering" the filibuster to ensure voting rights reform is passed, Biden said: "And maybe more."

Biden spent 36 years in the Senate and had previously said he opposed changes to the filibuster tradition but earlier this month said he was open to a one-time change when faced with the risk of the federal government defaulting on its debt.

Some Senate Democrats this year have suggested changing the rule in the face of Republican opposition in the narrowly-divided chamber.

"Their agenda right now is just stop Biden," the president said.

On the spending bill, Biden said he could use tax incentives instead of an electric grid proposal to reach climate goals. Manchin, Biden added, is open to such incentives.

Biden said "it would be a reach" for his spending bill to include provisions that help with hearing aids, dental and vision benefits together.

Pressed about the importance of education, Biden said he still expected free community college, which was scrapped https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-biden-infrastructure-democrats-idUSKBN2HB23B from the spending package, in the next several years.

Cooper asked the president how his wife, Jill Biden, a community college professor, had reacted to the measure being dropped from his social spending initiative.

"Well, the White House has a lot of bedrooms," Biden joked.

Biden backs down on corporate tax hikes, open to altering filibuster
 

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Pratt Man
Pratt Man Oct 22, 2021 12:35AM ET
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The filibuster is unconstitutional and it's the reason for voter apathy and low turn out. Get rid of it and people will actually vote.
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Josh Davis Oct 22, 2021 12:35AM ET
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Joseph Armour it shows you replied to my comment if not then i apologize.
Joseph Armour
Joseph Armour Oct 22, 2021 12:35AM ET
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Ok, my comment was in reply to the initial post. I definitely know what a filibuster is and why it exists.
Joseph Armour
Joseph Armour Oct 22, 2021 12:35AM ET
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If I had replied to your comment Josh, the line would be indented under your reply.
Joseph Armour
Joseph Armour Oct 22, 2021 12:35AM ET
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Josh Davis like this
Joseph Armour
Joseph Armour Oct 22, 2021 12:35AM ET
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Josh Davis ok maybe not🤔
James Andrews
James Andrews Oct 22, 2021 12:31AM ET
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So of course the middle class are the only ones paying more. Commie scam artist.
Options Trader
Options Trader Oct 22, 2021 12:25AM ET
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Has anyone met one person that voted for this guy?
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Teufel Oct 22, 2021 12:25AM ET
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Most popular pres in US History…hahahahha
Bill Pulak
Bill Pulak Oct 22, 2021 12:25AM ET
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Pratt Man I truly hope that was sarcasm? Most votes in history by deceased people would be accurate!
Craig Holbrook
Craig Holbrook Oct 22, 2021 12:25AM ET
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Pratt Man  What a fool believes . . .
Joseph Armour
Joseph Armour Oct 22, 2021 12:25AM ET
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I am sure if you go somewhere besides your tiny little clique you will meet many people who voted for this guy. In fact, if you make any effort at all, you will meet more people who voted for this guy than voted for trump. Anyone who believes the republicans, or any powerful or wanna be group, doesn't lie and cheat all the time (like election fraud) has never studied history. All humans lie! All humans cheat! If you continue to believe your special or someone you know is special you are lieto
Joseph Armour
Joseph Armour Oct 22, 2021 12:25AM ET
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oops ....lying to yourself and cheating yourself.
Red Riley
Red Riley Oct 21, 2021 10:45PM ET
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let's go Brandon
Mark Stallone
Mark Stallone Oct 21, 2021 10:41PM ET
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This is a very interesting article. I've given it a good read, and have come to one conclusion.. Let's go Brandon.
Felipe Daniel
Felipe Daniel Oct 21, 2021 10:36PM ET
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Biden cannot do press conferences like Trump because he is senile
ZS Beck
ZS Beck Oct 21, 2021 9:22PM ET
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Joe, How do you planning to finance the new spending? Until no new income for the government, I don't approve it. Corporate tax and wealth tax first as you told us. I guess you just talk the talk with no action. Don't want to ******your wealthy donors.
me ish
me ish Oct 21, 2021 9:22PM ET
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just keep the money printing machine on full blast - unlimited money for ever! No consequences whatsoever!!!! print print print. The prerogative of the country supplying the global reserve currency - what could go possibly wrong??!!!
Michael Angelo
Michael Angelo Oct 21, 2021 8:02PM ET
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Could someone tell this joker that inflation is here... and need to stop fueling the economy.
Jo Riley
Jo Riley Oct 21, 2021 8:02PM ET
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Seems your joker is just a minion of Obama who is pulling his strings.  When Biden is without his teleprompter & notecards, he is immediately instructed to flee from the public.  Obama has his same former staff running Biden's office.
Jokers R Us
Jokers R Us Oct 21, 2021 8:02PM ET
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he doesn't care he's a puppet for the banks
Connecticut Yankee
A_Jaundiced_Eye Oct 21, 2021 6:34PM ET
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"The town hall format is one that Biden appears to favor." That way, a few "planted friends" can throw softballs to Joey.  Even those might be dangerous for him at this point.
 
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