Oct 24, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Rep. Khanna questions Sinema's opposition to reversing Trump tax cuts

Progressive Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) on "Fox News Sunday" questioned Sen. Kyrsten Sinema's (D-Ariz.) opposition to raising taxes on corporations and high-income people, saying Sinema hasn't been clear on what it would take for her to support President Biden's spending bill.

What he's saying: "I guess my question for Senator Sinema is, she voted against the Trump tax cuts and I just don't understand why she's not willing, then, to raise some of the rates back to what they were before the bill she voted against was passed," Khanna said.

  • "And she hasn't explained it to anyone," he added.
"My concern with Senator Sinema is, why are the rules different for her? Why doesn't she go on shows like yours? Why doesn't she explain herself? If she's shifted her position on the Trump tax cuts, explain it.
"I guess I've never seen a politician — including, frankly, the former President Trump — who just totally ducks answering questions of the media or constituents and that's my frustration with her. She's not clear about what she believes."
— Rep. Ro Khanna to host Chris Wallace

Driving the news: In the wake of failing to agree on a deal for other planned tax increases, some Senate Democrats are pivoting to the idea of a wealth tax to fund Biden's infrastructure bill.

  • Khanna told host Chris Wallace Sunday a wealth tax did not make sense, but later said he supports it. He said such a measure would impact his district, which is home to some Silicon Valley billionaires: "They could afford to pay a wealth tax."
  • A spokesperson for Khanna told Axios he misspoke when he said the tax does not make sense.

Editor's note: This post was updated to clarify Khanna's comments on his position on a wealth tax.

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