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Some eyebrow-raising comments on BIF and BBB 👀 : West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin is still not committed to voting for the $1.75 trillion Build Back Better Act. Manchin threw cold water on the optimism building among Capitol Hill Democrats that they were close to a deal during a press conference Monday.
“I, for one, won’t support a multi trillion-dollar bill without greater clarity about why Congress chooses to ignore the serious effects of inflation and debt that have on our economy and existing government programs,” Manchin said.
Administration officials said the package won’t add to the debt because provisions in the package to impose a 15% corporate minimum tax rate, beef up IRS enforcement and enact other revenue-raising measures would generate $1.995 trillion – more than enough to cover the cost of the bill.
How are other Democrats reacting?: In a statement Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said they would “continue to move forward.” Rep. Pramila Jayapal, the Washington State Democrat who chairs the House Progressive Caucus, signaled Monday that assurances all 50 senators were on board would be enough for progressives to vote on the infrastructure bill before the Senate passed the larger budget bill.
Will the Texas abortion law last?
Oral arguments concluded Monday at the Supreme Court in a pair of…