On The Money – All eyes are on Sinema with the Biden plan in the balance

The biggest suspense story in Washington, DC has everything to do with a certain senator from Arizona. We’ll also look at the budget impact of the Schumer-Manchin deal and tough times for tenants.

But first, the Senate voted to expand NATO.

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Sinema leaves the Democrats in suspense

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona) has Democrats and Republicans on the edge of their seats.

As time is running out for the August recess, Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (DN.Y.) is desperate to push through a bill that would tackle climate change and make significant changes to the code taxes. But Schumer doesn’t have the votes – at least not yet.

  • Schumer says he’s working on Sinema and hopes she’ll vote “yes” on the motion to proceed with the measure, but the Arizona centrist didn’t say if she supports it.
  • Seven days later after the bill was introduced, Senate Democrats still don’t know where Sinema stands. Her office says she is reviewing the legislation and is awaiting the Senate parliamentarian’s review of the text.
  • That means senators may not know how Sinema will vote until they introduce the 700-plus-page bill on Thursday or Friday.

The Hill’s Alexander Bolton has more here.

Read more: GOP targets Sinema while doing everything possible to block Democratic bill

THE LORD HAS MERCY

How Homeowners Are Avoiding Taxes And Fueling The Housing Crisis

Opaque property laws that make it easier for homeowners to avoid paying taxes are worsening a nationwide housing crisis fueled by inflation and a shortage of low- and middle-income housing.

  • Limited Liability Companies – or LLCs – are a common way for landlords to own the real estate on which they can charge rent.
  • But LLCs often hide the identities of the people who support them, allowing owners to be protected from legal consequences when they don’t pay their property taxes.

Properties can then be subject to tax foreclosure and effectively taken off the market in cities where housing supply is scarce, further driving up prices and forcing tenants to live far from where they work. .

Studies have “linked LLC ownership to real estate divestment, tax forfeiture, even forfeiting properties altogether,” Princeton sociology professor Matthew Desmond told the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday. , housing and urban affairs.

“One of the landlords I spent time with in Milwaukee, I asked him, ‘What happened to that house that I spent a lot of time with?’ And she said, ‘I just took it back to town.’ And what she meant was she just stopped paying taxes on it and let it go into tax garnishment,” Desmond said.

Tobias Burns of The Hill has more here.

BIDEN ON A BUDGET

Democrats’ plan would cut deficit by more than $100 billion: CBO

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on Wednesday released estimates of the Democrats’ sprawling reconciliation plan, predicting the legislation would result in a net decrease in the deficit of more than $100 billion over the next decade or so, far less than what was originally planned.

The nonpartisan budget accountant’s estimates come as Democrats move quickly to pass the mammoth bill, dubbed the Cut Inflation Act, later this week.

CBO estimates predicted that the tax, health and climate plan would reduce the deficit between 2022 and 2031 by more than $101 billion.

Here’s more from The Hill’s Aris Folley.

Good to know

Industry lobbying could jeopardize a comprehensive privacy bill that would fundamentally change how companies collect user data online.

Since its introduction in June, the US Data Privacy and Protection Act has been one of the most requested bills in Congress, attracting the attention of more than
180 corporate customers, including Amazon, Disney and Target, according to data from research group OpenSecrets.

Here’s what else we’ve got our eyes on:

  • The West Virginia Coal Association and several other state-based coal industry groups on Wednesday lambasted the tax and climate deal that Sen. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) agreed to last week, warning that it “will seriously threaten American coal” and an estimated 381,000 jobs.
  • The Department for Transport on Wednesday proposed a new rule that clarifies when airlines must refund passengers as part of an effort to strengthen enforcement of refunds.

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