COMPASS: Biden’s budget taxes the rich while the White House manages his Russia gaffes

March 28th, 2022

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The late Rep. Don Young of Alaska, the longest serving Republican in House history, will lie in state in Statuary Hall tomorrow. Rep. Young passed away on March 18 at the age of 88. He was first elected to the House in 1973.

The House and Senate are both back in session this week. After a week of hearings, the Senate Judiciary Committee will meet this week to formally take up the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court. The vote will likely be held over by Republicans until next week.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) indicated last week that he would vote in support of Judge Jackson, essentially securing her confirmation vote (Supreme Court confirmations have been considered at a simple majority vote since 2017). Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has indicated his intent to oppose the nomination. According to reports, the White House is hoping to sway other Republican Senators, including Susan Collins (R-Maine), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), and potentially also Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).

President Biden, meanwhile, will release his budget proposal this week. Presidential budgets never become law, they merely act as outlines of what the White House prioritizes, and as a signal to their congressional parties of what the White House will support. Notably, the President’s budget will include a minimum 20 percent tax on individuals worth more than $100 million. Candidate Biden opposed the so-called billionaire’s tax on the campaign trail, but is now embracing it despite its constitutional concerns.

But Biden has other problems. During a speech delivered in Poland on Saturday, Biden concluded his remarks with an apparent ad-libbed statement suggesting the U.S. supports regime change in Russia: “For God’s sake,” Biden said, “this man cannot remain in power.”

Biden’s handlers walked the statement back almost immediately. “We do not have a strategy of regime change in Russia or anywhere else, for that matter,” Secretary of State Tony Blinken told reporters at home and abroad. The White House has also had to walk back another Biden statement which appeared to suggest the U.S. would be sending troops directly to Ukraine.

Finally, the January 6th Select Committee continues a Democratic party policy of persecuting political opponents once they are out of power. The Select Committee will vote today to hold Trump social media advisor Dan Scavino and Trump trade advisor Peter Navarro in criminal contempt for refusing to cooperate with the committee. Biden turned down an effort by Scavino to assert executive privilege.

Once passed by the committee, the criminal contempt resolution will then be considered by the full House. The House has already voted to refer criminal contempt charges to the Department of Justice for former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and former White House advisor Steve Bannon. The committee has also held former Department of Justice official Jeffrey Clark in criminal contempt, but the full House has not acted.

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One More Thing…

A few weeks ago, I spoke on a panel at CPAC with Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Sean Davis, CEO of The Federalist. Our topic was Big Tech censorship and what to do about it. Perhaps predictably at this point, YouTube has summarily banned video of the panel from their site (as well as a host of other CPAC content, including a speech from President Trump.) You can still watch the panel on Rumble, where Sen. Lankford has posted it.