WASHINGTON, DC – On April 26th, Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin reportedly had a conversation with Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer to discuss potentially raising taxes as a means to combat inflation. However, Democrats are slightly skeptical of Sen. Manchin playing ball, as some still haven’t gotten over him effectively downing Biden’s “Build Back Better” last year.

Sen. Manchin is reportedly open to utilizing “the fast-track budget process,” according to Bloomberg, as a means to circumvent Republicans so as to hike up both corporate and individual tax rates in the Senate. The West Virginia senator is also looking to have the cost of prescription drugs lowered in this package endeavor, but the matter will require the sign-off of all 50 Democrats in the Senate to stand a chance.

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Senate majority leader Schumer recently mentioned the fast-track budget process, which is budget reconciliation, which can be accomplished via a simple majority in the Senate as opposed to the needed 60 votes for standard bills.

“If you want to get rid of inflation, the only way to do it is to undo a lot of the Trump tax cuts and raise rates. No Republican is ever going to do that. So the only way to get rid of inflation is through reconciliation.”

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Speaking about the meeting with Senate majority leader Schumer, Sen. Manchin stated, “We talked about the tax code and doing something to combat inflation. He is just as concerned about inflation as I am.” In Sen. Manchin’s proposal in the realm of tax hikes, he’d like to see half of the revenue go directly toward the deficit, saying, “Debt reduction is the only way to fight inflation.”

Yet, some Democrats are skeptical of whether Sen. Manchin is as onboard as he claims to be, as the memory of him sinking Biden’s “Build Back Better” this past December has clearly left a sting on some within the Democratic party that hasn’t subsided.

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But it’s not just Sen. Manchin that Democrats are worried about, as there’s also the wildcard of Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema. This past January, the Arizona Democratic party turned on Sen. Sinema, voting to formally censure her, after she had the wherewithal to shut down her party from destroying the filibuster.

Apparently, Sen. Sinema has expressed disapproval of raising the corporate tax rates, revealing she could be a potential holdout for the Democrats’ agenda with raising taxes.

Democrat Sen. Dick Durbin, while not saying any names in particular, clearly alluded to him not trusting Senators Sinema and Manchin, saying, “There are varying levels of optimism among different colleagues in the Senate. I am the most skeptical. I want to put two of my colleagues in a room with a blank sheet of paper and ask them, ‘What will you agree to?’”

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