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Politics Business groups create new headache for Pelosi

06:00  23 september  2021
06:00  23 september  2021 Source:   thehill.com

Business groups are fighting Biden's $3.5T budget over taxes, drug negotiations

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Nancy Pelosi Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg , Bloomberg. (Bloomberg) -- President Joe Biden’s decision, in a raft of individual tax proposals released Wednesday, to leave in place a cap on state and local tax deductions threatens to complicate congressional negotiations over his sweeping new The omission disappoints a group of Democratic lawmakers pushing to remove the ,000 cap on state and local tax, or SALT, deductions that went to help pay for a slice of President Donald Trump’s 2017 tax cuts. That’s a particular headache for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi , who has to

Business groups are pressuring centrist Democrats to oppose their party's $3.5 trillion spending package that raises taxes on corporations, with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce warning it could pull endorsements for lawmakers in tough reelection races next year if they vote for the bill.

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The threat from the nation's biggest corporate lobbying group, which launched a six-figure ad campaign Wednesday targeting five centrists, puts even more pressure on Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), whose caucus can only afford three defections when the sweeping legislation comes to the floor.

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Corporate America has thrown its weight behind the Senate-passed $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, which does not include tax hikes, while rejecting the larger spending package that invests in climate, child care and other Democratic priorities, despite Pelosi's pledge that both bills must be passed together.

The Chamber's new ad campaign targets Reps. Cindy Axne (Iowa), Angie Craig (Minn.), Antonio Delgado (N.Y.), Josh Harder (Calif.) and Elaine Luria (Va.), all of whom received surprise endorsements from the Chamber last year. It follows a letter from the Chamber warning that lawmakers who vote for the $3.5 trillion bill will lose the group's backing.

"No member of Congress can achieve the support of the business community if they vote to pass this bill as currently constructed," the letter read.

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Those lawmakers are not among the group of 10 moderate Democrats who threatened to derail the reconciliation package - with the backing of business groups - in order to secure a vote on the bipartisan bill. The group of 10, led by Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.), wants to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill Monday, then continue to work on reconciliation.

Business associations strongly oppose measures in the reconciliation package to increase taxes on the wealthiest corporations and enact a minimum tax for companies that use deductions to avoid paying federal taxes. They're also attacking a proposal to allow the federal government to negotiate prescription drug prices, which would dent pharmaceutical manufacturers' profits.

The groups are now ramping up their lobbying efforts in support of the bipartisan infrastructure bill ahead of Monday's planned vote.

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Business Roundtable was one of the first organizations to hit at changes in the corporate tax rate related to the plan and said on Tuesday evening that lawmakers "should avoid creating new barriers to job creation and economic growth, particularly during the recovery." The new infrastructure plan comes on the heels of a .9 trillion spending package that Democrats jammed through an evenly divided Senate using reconciliation, a strategy that bypasses the 60-vote threshold required to avoid a filibuster.

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"We will not find durable or practical solutions in one massive bill that is equivalent to more than twice the combined budgets of all 50 states," Chamber of Commerce CEO Suzanne Clark said in a statement Wednesday. "The success of the bipartisan infrastructure negotiations provides a much better model for how Congress should proceed in addressing America's problems."


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High-profile progressives, however, are promising to block the infrastructure bill until the $3.5 trillion spending package passes Congress.

That threat sparked a last-minute lobbying push from business groups to get House Republicans on board with the bipartisan infrastructure bill. They're hoping that GOP lawmakers can help moderate Democrats push the bill across the finish line.

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), which represents companies like Caterpillar and John Deere, flew its members to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to rally GOP support for the bill.

Nine moderate Dems threaten budget and infrastructure deals

  Nine moderate Dems threaten budget and infrastructure deals A group of nine moderate Democrats told Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday they won't vote for the $3.5 trillion budget package until the House passes the bipartisan infrastructure bill approved by the Senate. The threat is enough to sink the budget deal, which contains a long list of social policy items demanded by progressives.But, in the other corner of the party are the liberals, who've told Pelosi they won't vote for the infrastructure deal until the Senate passes the budget package.Friday's announcement puts Pelosi in a rock and hard place between the two wings of her party.

"We're making the argument that this is a good bill, it is an infrastructure bill, and that they ought to put policy before politics and put aside any concerns they have about the larger reconciliation bill," said Kip Eideberg, AEM's senior vice president of government and industry relations.

The lobbying group only expects 10 to 15 Republicans to support the bill when it comes to the floor, noting that Republicans aren't opposed to the contents of the infrastructure package but expressed concern about helping Democrats pass a bill that party leaders have said is "coupled" to the reconciliation package.

"Everybody that we spoke to wants to be on board with infrastructure. There was not any hesitation that this is a positive move long-term for our country and our competitive advantage for the future," said Kevin Smith, general manager at Oklahoma construction equipment manufacturer Ditch Witch.

But House GOP leaders on Wednesday said they are formally urging their rank-and-file to oppose the Senate-passed bipartisan infrastructure bill ahead of Monday's vote.

The lackluster number of GOP votes might not be enough to overcome progressive opposition. As of Wednesday afternoon, at least nine progressive lawmakers had already indicated that they would not vote for the bipartisan infrastructure bill without reconciliation.

"At the end of the day, if we don't have the reconciliation bill done, the infrastructure bill will not pass," Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), the chairwoman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, told reporters on Tuesday.

"Try us," she said in response to moderates' suggestion that progressives are bluffing.

Progressives only hardened their stance after Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) reportedly indicated that he wanted to delay the reconciliation package until next year, all but dooming the chances of a swift passage in the 50-50 Senate.

They're being cheered on by progressive groups and climate advocates, who see the reconciliation package as a once-in-a-generation opportunity to overhaul the tax code and transition into renewable energy.

"Call their bluff and force your 'centrist' colleagues to choose between passing both bills, or neither," the Patriotic Millionaires, a group of wealthy Americans pushing for higher taxes, wrote in a letter to progressive lawmakers Wednesday.

Bernie Sanders just urged progressives to tank the Biden infrastructure bill if Pelosi brings it up for a vote in two days .
Sanders is now the strongest progressive voice urging a no vote. Sen. Elizabeth Warren echoed his comments to reporters: "We had a deal."Since late June, when President Joe Biden reached a bipartisan deal in the Senate on a $1 trillion roads-and-bridges bill, he and Pelosi have vowed to bring it to a vote in the House at the same time as a $3.5 trillion party-line reconciliation bill. Pelosi's move on Tuesday blows up that strategy, and progressives are furious.

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