Headline RoundupAugust 1st, 2022

Will Kyrsten Sinema Support Democrats’ Climate and Tax Bill?

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With Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on board, Senate Democrats are close to passing the second half of President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda. The legislation’s fate now largely rests with Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), who remains undecided.

Democrats say their new deal aims to reduce the federal deficit and spend far less than the previous multi-trillion dollar Build Back Better bill, which Manchin and Sinema shot down. However, it was unclear on Monday whether Sinema would support the new bill’s tax proposals, including closing the carried interest tax loophole. Sinema is also reportedly open to allowing amendments from Republicans, who could try to prevent the bill’s passage with so-called “poison-pill” amendments. 

Sinema is known for not negotiating publicly. A spokesperson told Fox News (Right bias) that Sinema was “reviewing the bill text and will need to see what comes out of the parliamentarian process.” Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough is set to review the bill for a budget reconciliation filibuster exemption later this week. If passed, the bill would serve as a major Democratic victory ahead of the 2022 elections. 

Coverage was widespread across the spectrum, particularly in mainstream political outlets like Fox News and CNN (Left bias). Coverage from the right often framed the deal as a “spending” bill and focused more on Republicans’ criticisms. 

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