President Joe Biden is now proposing to pass Build a Better Back (“BBB”) in the “section”.
This is good.
Huge bills have many provisions that undermine the deliberation process that the constitution is intended for Congress to follow. For example, a member of Congress might be more willing to help lower-income Americans but be less willing to pay taxes to let those rich enough to fend for themselves.
Such a legislator could support the BBB portion of extending the child tax credit that was temporarily increased during a severe economic downturn, which excluded wealthier parents, but not increased the deduction. for childcare costs that can benefit even millionaires.
Such a legislator has no choice in the bill that has passed the House of Commons. She or he must vote yes or no on everything.
Even more explicit illustrations include a mix of completely unrelated topics, like climate change and preschool universals, two “arrays” that President Biden wants to take back from the larger bill. . Apparently the only reason to incorporate programs like this in a bill is to force support for less popular provisions by tying them to divisions more popular with lawmakers. legislation from the president’s political party.
But why are Democrats in Congress the only audience that President Biden is responding to? The big bill, which costs $1.7 trillion and adds to the $160 billion deficit over 10 years, is designed to be partisan. That is President Biden’s statement of what one-party rule in Washington can achieve. So all-or-nothing is the approach — and Republicans don’t care.
Now that his original goal has proven unattainable, President Biden can gain substantial support from moderate Republicans on specific legislative proposals, allowing him to move forward. act without having to please the far-leftists in their own party.
So far, however, the president has not positioned his new approach this way.
Instead, his first proposed pieces would be climate change spending of $500 billion and universal preschool spending of $110 billion. Each side calls for a key Democratic constituency: environmentalists and teachers’ unions. To pay them, income tax on high-income companies and individuals is increased.
However, neither the president nor the Democratic leadership in Congress have attempted to suggest any connection between the problems and the groups that are forced to pay for their solutions. Some corporations contribute to global climate change, others do not, but taxes on both are increased. We all care about kids who aren’t prepared to start school, but richer taxpayers or corporations have done nothing to create that problem.
One next way that will appeal to moderate Republicans is to choose, instead, items in the BBB that offer some benefit to groups subject to increased taxes.
Extending paid government leave would be a good candidate. Some employers offer paid leave to their employees; others do not. Prior to COVID-19, workers without employer-sponsored sick leave would often go to work even when sick with a “flu,” affecting other workers and customers.
Employers who put paid leave have higher costs than those who don’t, putting them at a competitive disadvantage, while illness spreads in the workplace. However, by calculating the cost of sick leave, the federal government will benefit responsible employers who have introduced paid sick leave and can now save money. save that money on their labor costs, while forcing non-medical employers to pay for it now through higher corporate taxes. If corporate tax increases are honestly calculated to cover costs, paid leave will not increase the deficit – that’s the strongest argument Republicans have used to argue that the BBB are inflationary.
Total business costs could actually decrease, because, while overall corporate taxes would increase, costs for some employers would drop and employees would be less likely to get sick from colds, flu, or colds. more COVID. And the BBB could add another “B” for “bipartisan.”
Tom Campbell is a professor of law and professor of economics at Chapman University. He served five terms in the House of Representatives. He left the Republican Party in 2016 and is in the process of forming a new political party in California, the Common Sense Party.
https://www.sbsun.com/2022/01/26/bidens-scaled-back-approach-to-spending-bills-preferable-to-clunky-bbb/ Biden’s miniaturized approach to spending bills is more niche than the complicated BBB – San Bernardino Sun