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Manchin touts inflation reduction bill, says ‘I’m not getting involved’ in upcoming elections

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Sen. Joe Manchin within the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, June 14, 2022. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and his staff told Democratic leadership on Thursday that he is not willing to support major climate and tax provisions in a sweeping Biden agenda bill, in response to a Democrat briefed on the conversations.

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Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.V., made the morning talk show rounds on Sunday to speak in regards to the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, a revival of President Joe Biden’s Construct Back Higher economic bill that collapsed earlier this yr.

The inflation bill, which Democrats try to go through reconciliation, goals to reform the tax code, cut health-care costs and fight climate change. It’s going to invest greater than $400 billion over a decade by closing tax loopholes, totally on the most important and richest American corporations. It will also reduce the deficit by $300 billion in the identical decade-long timeframe.

“That is all about fighting inflation,” Manchin told Jonathan Karl on Sunday’s “This Week” on ABC.

Manchin insisted that the bill is not a spending bill, but as a substitute is specializing in investing money.

“We have taken $3.5 trillion of spending right down to $400 billion of investing without raising any taxes in any way, we closed some loopholes, didn’t raise any taxes,” he added.

He further explained the closing of tax loopholes, which is able to raise taxes on certain American corporations. Any tax increase could jeopardize full Democratic support of the laws, which it must go through reconciliation – Senator Kyrsten Sinema, D-A.Z., may not support this provision.

“The one thing now we have done is essentially say that each corporation of a billion dollars of value or greater in America should pay at the very least 15% of minimum corporate tax,” he said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“That is not a tax increase it’s closing a loophole,” he said.

Manchin also noted that a deal between Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D- N.Y., and he was struck in private to avoid drama.

“We have been negotiating on and off very quietly because I didn’t know if it will ever come to fruition,” he said. “I didn’t wish to undergo the drama that eight months ago we went through for thus long.”

Manchin added that he’s struck an agreement with Democratic leaders to support the bill in exchange for taking up permitting reform later.

“If I do not fulfill my commitment promise that I’ll vote and support this bill with all my heart, there are consequences, and there are consequences on either side,” he said on “Meet the Press.”

Manchin also noted that the bill will especially goal energy prices within the U.S. by upping production and using clean energy effectively.

“Inflation is the best challenge now we have in our country right away,” he said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “If you ought to get gasoline prices down, produce more and produce it in America.”

Manchin dodges election talk

During his Sunday interviews, Manchin repeatedly evaded answering questions on who he supports in upcoming elections – the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential election.

“I’m not getting involved in any election right away,” he said on “State of the Union.”

He reiterated that he would work with anyone that voters elect and specifically would not answer if he wants Democrats to maintain control of Congress come November.

“Regardless of the voters select,” he said on “Meet the Press.” “Whoever you send me that is your representative and I respect them.”

When specifically asked if he’d support Biden in reelection, he focused on Biden’s current presidency.

“Whoever is my president, that is my president, and Joe Biden is my president right away,” he said on “This Week.”

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