President Biden, when asked about Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s stance on Build Back Better, said that Sinema is “supportive” of his environmental agenda but added it “breaks down” over Sinema’s reluctance to increase taxes “a single penny.”
“She’s smart as the devil. She’s very supportive of the environmental agenda in my administration. Where’s she’s not supportive — where she says she won’t raise a single penny in taxes on the corporate side and on wealthy people,” Biden said of the senator from Arizona.
Biden added that he is continuing to work with the senator to reach a point where can present a “serious piece of legislation” for the American people.
As for how they’d get there, Biden said there were down to “four to five issues” he’s not going to discuss on national television.
Biden said it appeared unlikely he would get corporate tax hikes included in the plan amid opposition from Sinema.
“I don’t think we are going to be able to get the vote,” he said.
A White House official added on Biden’s comments: "The President was referring to the challenge of having the votes to move forward on raising the corporate rate, not to the ability to raise revenue through a range of other tax fairness proposals, which Senator Sinema supports."