Joe Biden finally reveals Kyrsten Sinema’s views at City Hall, claiming she’s ‘very supportive’ of his environmental agenda, but won’t take a ‘single cent’ in taxes on the rich
- His comment comes after Sinema kept her stances close in budget talks
- Sinema has repeatedly met Biden at the White House
- Said she won’t collect a ‘single cent’ from the rich or corporations
- Claims she supports his ‘family’ agenda
President Joe Biden took steps during a prime-time city hall on Thursday to reveal several policy positions of Kyrsten Sinema — after the Arizona senator infuriated liberals by holding back her criticism of his $3.5 trillion Build Back Better plan.
Biden described the enigmatic lawmaker as supporting environmental and “family” provisions in the package, but confirmed press reports that she rules out tax hikes for the wealthy.
‘She is a strong supporter of the environmental agenda in my legislation. Very supportive,” Biden claimed.
President Joe Biden made several comments that challenge the positions of Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.)
That matches a couple of cryptic tweets Sinema posted during negotiations that put general environmentalists forward. That came despite fellow centrist Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia objecting to a new proposal on power plants.
“She supports almost all the things I’ve mentioned regarding everything from family care to all those issues,” Biden said, after discussing provisions on universal pre-K, family leave and extending a comprehensive child tax credit.
“What she doesn’t support is that she’s saying she won’t take a dime in taxes on business and/or rich people, period,” Biden said. ‘And that’s where it breaks off a bit. And there are a few other things that break down.’
Biden confirmed Sinema is against the tax hikes for the rich
“Joe is not a villain, he is a friend,” Biden said of Senator Joe Manchin, DW.Va.
Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) leaves the US Capitol in Washington, US, October 21, 2021
Biden made the comments — the most revealing about her stance despite being general in nature — after deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre declined to confirm press releases that Sinema said she would not agree to the tax increases.
Jean-Pierre also said Sinema negotiated “in good faith” and spoke of her as a negotiating partner, even though she and Manchin have shaky the president’s economic and social agenda.
“Yes, we believe Senator Sinema is negotiating in good faith,” she said. “Let me say that the President views Senator Sinema as an important partner in getting his economic agenda adopted, and he appreciates her work, her commitment, and her commitment to working with him to do something for the American people.”
Biden’s plan raises the top corporate rate, top individual rate and taxes on capital gains. They are all major revenue boosters that can offset major social investments.
Biden insists his plan won’t raise taxes on anyone making less than $400,000.
Of Manchin, Biden said, “Joe isn’t a bad guy, he’s a friend.”
Manchin has also called for the plan to be rolled back or even postponed, saying in a clash with Senator Bernie Sanders that he was comfortable with a plan that would involve no spending for the time being, according to reports Thursday.