October 3, 2022

Biden’s Commerce Dept. Sec. leaves door open on middle-class tax hikes

Just over a week into his presidency, and Joe Biden is already breaking promises right and left.

Biden promised during his campaign that he would not raise taxes on middle-class Americans. It seems like he’s already quit on that notion, as he just nominated Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) to head up the Commerce Department, and Raimondo appears to have no intention of agreeing to those limitations. 

“Nobody making under 400,000 bucks would have their taxes raised, period, bingo,” Biden said prior to the election.

During a Senate hearing for her nomination on Tuesday, however, Raimondo indicated that raising taxes on the middle class is very much a possibility under a Biden administration.

Raimondo was asked by Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) to express her views on new taxes including a gas tax during the hearing.

“Let me say this. I, as governor, am deeply in touch with how much increasing bills affect the average American family,” Raimondo hedged.

“Having said that, we do need to meet the climate change challenge and we need funds for improved infrastructure – better roads, safer roads, safer bridges – which also creates jobs. So I would look to balance those interests and work as a piece of the president’s team,” she concluded.

Though Raimondo was careful to not explicitly support tax raises, it’s clear that she wants that door to remain open — and for good reason.

Biden issued a multi-trillion dollar climate change executive order the day after Raimondo’s hearing. It’s not hard to imagine where Raimondo and Biden plan to raise those funds.

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