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Biden Looking for Hefty Tax Hikes But Reports Fuzzy Numbers to Pay for Plans

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What will it cost to enact President Joe Biden’s massive expansion of social programs?

Congress has authorized spending up to $3.5 trillion over a decade, but Biden is prodding Democrats to fully cover the cost of the legislation — by raising taxes on corporations and the wealthy, negotiating the price of prescription drugs and dialing up other sources of federal revenue such as increased IRS funding.

The idea is that entire package should pay for itself.

Defending a bill not yet fully drafted, Democrats are determined to avoid a deficit financed spending spree. They are growing frustrated by the focus on the proposed $3.5 trillion spending total, arguing far too little attention is being paid to the work they are doing to balance the books. Biden on Friday said he would prefer the price tag described as “zero.”

“We pay for everything we spend,” Biden said at the White House. “It’s going to be zero. Zero.”

But the revenue side of the equation is vexing, and it’s emerged as a core challenge for Democratic bargainers as they labor to construct one of the largest legislative efforts in a generation. Their success or failure could help determine whether the bulk of Biden’s agenda becomes law and can withstand the political attacks to come.

Republicans, lockstep in opposition, aren’t waiting for the details. They’ve trained their focus on the $3.5 trillion spending ceiling set by Democrats, pillorying that sum as fiscally reckless, misguided, big government at its worst.

“The radical left is pushing in all their chips — they want to use this terrible but temporary pandemic as a Trojan horse for permanent socialism,” Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said Thursday. “Trillions upon trillions more in government spending when families are already facing inflation.”

Part of the problem for Democratic leaders is the lack of a consensus about which programs to fund and for how long. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., acknowledge the price will likely come down and say they have a “menu” of revenue raisers to pay for it. But without certainty on what initiatives will be included, no final decisions can be made.

“This is not about price tag,” Pelosi said Thursday. “This is about what’s in the bill.”

Biden and administration officials stress the plan is as much about fairness as dollars and cents. By taxing the wealthy and corporations, they hope to fund paid family leave and child tax credits that help those reaching for the middle class, all while adopting environmental and economic policies that help the U.S. compete with China. But the haggling over a final spending target is overshadowing the policy goals they are trying achieve.

Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a lead negotiator for House progressives, said Friday that reporters should not depict the measure as costing trillions of dollars when the accompanying proposed tax increases would cover the cost.

“I just believe that this is going to be a zero-dollar-bill — that’s the No. 1 priority,” she said.

Sharron Parrott, president of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a liberal think tank based in Washington, warned Democrats that emphasizing the $3.5 trillion figure could detract from what they are trying to achieve.

“The debate so far has been overly focused on a single number: the $3.5 trillion in gross new investments over the next ten years — including both spending increases and tax cuts — that may be included in the package,” Parrott wrote in an August blog post. “True fiscal stewardship requires a focus on the net cost of the package and, even more fundamentally, a focus on the merits of the investment and offset proposals themselves.”

What Biden is really pushing are two goals that can easily come into conflict. He wants to restore the middle class to the epicenter of economic growth, but do so without worsening the national debt or raising taxes on people earning less than $400,000 a year.

Further complicating things is that many of his spending policies are actually tax cuts for the poor and middle class, which means he is raising taxes for one group in order to cut them for another.

Democrats also have to contend with how the measures are assessed by the Congressional Budget Office, the final arbiter of how the legislation will affect the federal balance sheet.

The Democrats’ expanded child credit and dependent care credits, enacted earlier this year, are counted as costs in a CBO score. Biden wants to extend these programs as part of the budget, which he is now arguing amounts to one of the largest middle-class tax cuts in U.S. history.

“It’s reducing taxes, not increasing taxes,” Biden said Friday.

It’s not entirely clear whether Biden’s claim of “zero” cost is feasible under the 10-year outlook used by the CBO to assess the economic impacts of legislation. Biden’s own budget officials earlier this year estimated that his agenda would increase the national debt by nearly $1.4 trillion over the decade.

Biden on Friday described the multi-tiered talks with legislators as at a “stalemate.” More meetings are expected in coming days.

In the evenly split Senate, key Democratic senators such as West Virginia’s Joe Manchin and Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema have qualms about the total spending. Democratic moderates are jockeying for advantage against their liberal counterparts. With time running short, Biden is asking for more patience to get the numbers right so that the votes will follow.

“This is a process,” he said. “But it’s just gonna take some time.”

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President Biden’s approval rating in free fall, new public survey shows

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Most Americans don’t want Trump to run for president again in 2024, but three-quarters of Republicans do: poll

Previous President Trump experienced negative survey numbers during his four-year residency in the White House, and presently his replacement is experiencing a similar destiny, with another public survey showing that President Biden’s remaining among Americans stays well submerged.

Only 37% of Americans addressed in a Quinnipiac University overview say they support the work Biden’s doing as president, with 52% giving him a disapproval. The survey was led Oct. 15-18 and delivered Tuesday.

Adding to Biden’s political risk, only 28% of enlisted free thinkers offer the president a go-ahead on his work execution, while 56% don’t. The Quinnipiac study demonstrated that Republicans, by a 95%-3% edge, objected to how the president’s taking care of his obligations in the White House, with Democrats supporting 80%-11%.

The president’s numbers are essentially unaltered from Quinnipiac’s past public survey – directed toward the beginning of October – when Biden remained at 38%-53% endorsement/objection.

Biden’s endorsement rating floated in the low to mid 50s during his initial a half year in the White House. In any case, the president’s numbers began hanging in August in the wake of Biden’s tremendously reprimanded treatment of the violent U.S. exit from Afghanistan and following a flood in COVID cases this mid year among essentially unvaccinated individuals because of the spread of the exceptionally irresistible delta variation as the country keeps on combatting the Covid, the most exceedingly awful pandemic to strike the globe in a century.

The dive in the president’s approval was additionally compounded by the most recent flood of migrants attempting to cross into the U.S. along the southern line with Mexico, just as the rise in inflation, which has filled a leap in gas and food costs.

Biden’s approval among the marginally smaller pool of enlisted electors was 40%, with 51% objecting.

The president remained at half 49% endorsement/dissatisfaction in the latest Fox News public survey, which was led Sept. 12-15. Fox News will deliver another public survey Wednesday.

An average of all the latest public overviews on the president’s endorsement rating gathered by Real Clear Politics demonstrated Biden at 42%-51%.

Just 38% of Americans hold a positive assessment of Biden, with half seeing the president in a horrible manner.

Assessments of Trump were similarly as negative, at 39% favorable and 52% unfavorable.

Nine months removed from the White House, Trump stays exceptionally famous with most Republican citizens and incredibly powerful with GOP lawmakers.

A greater part of Americans addressed in the survey – 58% – said they would prefer not to see Trump run for president again in 2024, with 35% preferring such a move. Yet, among Republicans just, support for one more Trump White House bid took off to 78%.

By a 49%-43% edge, those studied said Trump’s contrarily affected the GOP. 51% of Americans said Trump’s been subverting vote based system since the 2020 official political race, with 39% saying he’s been protecting democracy.

Different discoveries in the survey: By a 52%-41% edge, Americans say the nation’s more terrible off today than a year prior, and resistance to a divider along the country’s southern boundary with Mexico remains at 49%, down from a high of 64% in 2017. The overview additionally shows that 59% considered the dangerous raging of the U.S. Legislative hall on Jan. 6 by conservative fanatics attempting to overturn legislative accreditation of Biden’s political race triumph over Trump an assault on the national government.

The Quinnipiac University survey addressed 1,341 Americans, with a general inspecting mistake of give or take 2.7 rate focuses.

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Illegal immigrant apprehensions at border are higher than ever before under Biden

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection has a record breaking number of illegal immigrant apprehensions along the U.S.-Mexico border ever recorded in the last year, as per a report.

At this point, a not yet published CBP info reported by the Washington Post shows more than 1.7 million border apprehensions were made in the 2021 fiscal year, which finished in September. The flood of illegal immigration started last year but arrived at its peak in July and August, when more than 200,000 migrants were arrested by U.S. law enforcement every month.

Apprehensions made in the last fiscal year break a record set in 1986, when President Ronald Reagan signed a broad immigration reform bill that conceded amnesty and a pathway to U.S. citizenship for migrants who came to the country illegally before 1982. In that year, Border Patrol made 1.69 million apprehensions, as per the Post.

The most Border Patrol arrests were made in the Rio Grande Valley area, where 549,000 apprehensions were made. Another 259,000 illegal immigrants were captured in the Del Rio area.

This record-breaking flood of illegal immigration started after President Biden took the White House, vowing on the campaign trail to turn around previous President Trump’s zero-tolerance immigration strategies. After taking office, Biden halted the construction of Trump’s border wall, stopped the “Remain in Mexico” policy for refuge-seekers, and declared a 100-day stop on most removals.

Republican critics of the president say turning around Trump’s policies and vowing to pass widespread amnesty for illegal immigrants has boosted the flood in migration from Central and South America. Republicans have again and again tried to have Biden administration officials call the increase a “crisis,” without any result.

Recently, Biden’s CBP director nominee Chris Magnus, the police chief of Tucson police, Arizona, was pressed by Republican senators on the flood of migrants crossing the southern border. Though Magnus said the flood was a “significant challenge” and the numbers were “very high,” he would not use the word “crisis.”

“If we spent a little less time debating on what the terminology is and perhaps a little more time trying to fix a broken system and working together, we could address what I’ve already acknowledged is one of the most serious problems that we face right now in our nation,” Magnus said.

Biden selected Vice President Kamala Harris to lead the organization’s endeavors to get the border secure and address the “root causes” of illegal immigration, yet the Post recognized her technique has “had little to no measurable effect.”

Most migrants captured last year were Mexican nationals, which represented 608,000 of the captures. The second biggest gathering of transients were from outside Mexico and Central America, which included Haitians, Venezuelans, Ecuadorians, Cubans, Brazilians, and travelers from many different countries, representing 367,000 captures.

Captures of travelers from Honduras (309,000), Guatemala (279,000) and El Salvador (96,000) made up the leftover apprehensions.

The Post detailed that more than 1.3 million unlawful foreigners have been arrested since Biden accepted office in January.

In the mean time, the Biden organization is confronting legal challenges to its turn around on Trump’s strategies. The organization is at present haggling with Mexico to briefly reestablish the “Stay in Mexico” strategy after a not really settled Biden had acted wrongfully in finishing the arrangement. The president’s endeavor to stop extraditions was likewise hindered in government court.

One Trump strategy Biden has kept on authorizing is the Title 42 general wellbeing strategy to quickly “expel” grown-up line crossers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Be that as it may, the organization is enduring an onslaught from migration activists enraged by the approach, who arranged a virtual walkout last end of the week during a gathering with White House strategy counselors.

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DeSantis says ‘we have to protect the jobs,’ promises to sue Biden over vaccine order: ‘You are trying to plunge people into destitution’

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis slammed President Biden this week over the federal COVID-19 vaccine requirements.

The Republican governor of Florida promised to sue the Biden admin over the vaccine requirement, and declared that it is “fundamentally wrong to be taking people’s jobs away,” particularly after they worked during the lethal pandemic.

“Let’s not have Biden come in and effectively take away — threaten to take away — the jobs of people who have been working hard throughout this entire pandemic,” DeSantis said during a Thursday press conference.

“I am offended that a police officer could potentially lose their job.”

DeSantis said, “We have a responsibility at the state level to do whatever we need to do to protect Floridians from mandates that could result in them losing their jobs. We have to protect the jobs of Floridians.”

DeSantis featured the healthcare workers who dealt with the cutting edges during the pandemic — the very specialists that Biden recently called “heroes” — who might lose their positions as a result of Biden’s vaccine order.

“I just think its fundamentally wrong to be taking people’s jobs away particularly given the situation that we see ourselves facing with the economy where you need people in a lot of these key areas,” DeSantis commented.

“What’s going to happen with these hospitals if these mandates are allowed to go in, where they already need more nurses?”

At a different news meeting on Friday, DeSantis kept on piercing Biden’s vaccine requirement. DeSantis dissected Biden’s remarks from this week, where the president said the vaccine requirements should not “divide us.”

Biden stated on Thursday, “Let’s be clear: Vaccination requirements should not be another issue that divides us. That’s why we continue to battle the misinformation that’s out there and companies and communities are stepping up as well to combat this misinformation.”

DeSantis stated that taking away individuals’ occupations creates divisiveness.

The Florida governor attested, “Just think of Biden, he says, ‘Don’t make the vaccines divisive.’ Don’t make the vaccines divisive? You are trying to take peoples’ jobs away over this issue. You are trying to plunge people into destitution.”

“You are taking away their livelihoods. Nobody else is doing that. You are the one that’s being divisive about this,” he expressed.

“No one should lose their job over these shots,” DeSantis stated. “I think we want to protect people’s jobs. These are folks that have been working throughout this whole time. They were put in situations where they were exposing themselves to risks knowingly to help others, and they did that, and we considered them heroes just a year ago. Now you’re going to let them go by the wayside?”

DeSantis promised to sue the Biden administration over an approaching guideline requiring private companies with a hundred employees or more to demand their workers to get the vaccine. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration-enforced rule would apparently affect more than 130,000 U.S. companies and apply to about two-thirds of the private sector workforce.

“We are going to contest that immediately. We think the state of Florida has standing to do it and we also know businesses that we’re going to work with to contest it,” DeSantis said. “I think the mandate is going lose in court.”

DeSantis said that Florida-based claims against government immunization commands will be documented in the eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Gov. Greg Abbott gave a executive order on Monday that denies required COVID-19 immunizations in Texas.

“The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced,” Abbott said in a statement.

On Tuesday, the White House focused on that the Biden organization would push for a cross country immunization command notwithstanding Texas and Florida restricting them.

“These requirements are promulgated by federal law, so when the president announced his vaccine mandates for businesses — that, of course, we’re waiting on OSHA regulations for as a next step — that was pursuant to federal law,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.

“Our intention is to implement and continue to work to implement these requirements across the country, including in the states where there are attempts to oppose them,” she added.

“Governor Abbott’s executive order banning mandates and, I would also note, the announcement by Gov. DeSantis this morning essentially banning the implementation of mandates, fit a familiar pattern that we’ve seen of putting politics ahead of public health,” Psaki claimed.

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