Biden Commerce Nom Makes Huge Admission, Contradicts POTUS Promise to Not Raise Taxes


President Joe Biden’s Secretary of Commerce nominee and Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo contradicted previous comments Biden made regarding taxes during her Senate confirmation hearing earlier this week.

While answering a question from Republican Florida Sen. Rick Scott regarding how the Biden administration will pay for climate change initiatives, she left the possibility of higher taxes open-ended, saying that they will “need funds.”

“With what you’ve agreed to in the transportation climate initiative, who will pay for that … half the families in your state make less than $32,000 a year, how will they pay for that and have you quantified it?” Scott asked.

“We have not yet. The document I signed by the way is bipartisan, Republican and Democrat governors, was an intention to work together with our legislatures to develop a transportation climate initiative, so it’s very early in that process,” Raimondo responded.
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Scott continued to question the governor about comments made by another Cabinet nominee, former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

“Alright, thank you. The nominee for transportation Secretary, Mayor Buttigieg, last week said he was receptive to increasing the gas tax, and again this would be something that would impact the poorest families in our country significantly. What is your position on that, and how would that impact your ability to do your job as Secretary of Commerce?”

“Yes, I would differ to Congress to make that decision. But let me say this: I, as governor, am deeply in touch with how much increasing bills affect the average American family. 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.”

Raimondo’s comment contradicts previous comments Biden made about his tax plan, as he has said that he only plans to raise taxes on those who make over $400,000 a year and corporations, according to USA Today.

What Raimondo, Buttigieg and others in the Biden administration may fail to understand is that additional taxes on things such as gasoline can have a damaging impact on the average American’s wallet.

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In California, the current state gas tax of about 50 cents in addition to the federal 18.4 cent tax makes the average gas prices the highest in the nation at $3.40 a gallon, according to Triple-A.

Although this may not seem to be that big of a deal to politicians, these gas prices can quickly add up and can make commuting to work a major expense.

The mere suggestion of raising taxes from Cabinet nominees should be immediately shot down and not be seriously considered by the Biden administration.

Many Americans are struggling to pay for basic necessities due to the current economic crisis, and increasing taxes, income or otherwise, would be a pipe to their knees.

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Cameron Arcand is a former writer for The Western Journal.
Cameron Arcand is a political commentator based in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2017 as a school project, he founded, which has grown exponentially since its founding. He has interviewed several notable conservative figures, including Dave Rubin, Peggy Grande and Madison Cawthorn.

In September 2020, Cameron joined The Western Journal as a Commentary Writer, where he has written articles on topics ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic, the "Recall Gavin Newsom" effort and the 2020 election aftermath. The "Young Not Stupid" column launched at The Western Journal in January 2021, making Cameron one of the youngest columnists for a national news outlet in the United States. He has appeared on One America News and Fox 5 DC. He has been a Young America's Foundation member since 2019.
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