Top Democrat Votes Against Biden

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( – On Wednesday Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced that he would be voting against President Biden’s choice for the Internal Revenue Service head, Daniel Werfel.

Machin noted that he was unhappy with the Biden administration’s implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act, which would provide the Internal Revenue Service with close to $80 billion which is what led him to make this decision. Manchin is also not fond of the administration’s electric vehicle tax credits which were implemented as part of the sweeping climate and tax reform bill passed last year.

In his statement, he said that the administration has repeatedly “ignored congressional intent” in their implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act. He then proceeded to blast the administration for deciding to delay providing guidelines regarding who would be eligible for the EV tax credits.

In his statement, he added that “Daniel Werfel is supremely qualified to serve as the IRS Commissioner,” but that he does not believe that he will be provided with the autonomy to perform his job in accordance with the law. He added that this was why he would not be supporting the nomination.

The Senate is set to vote on Werfel’s nomination late Wednesday afternoon and the Democrats have maintained that he had enough support in order to be confirmed. This is because six Republican senators had previously voted on a procedural vote to advance Werfel. These included Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), and Todd Young (R-Ind.).

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