On The Money: Biden ends infrastructure talks with Capito, pivots to bipartisan group | Some US billionaires had years where they paid no taxes: report | IRS to investigate leak

On The Money: Biden ends infrastructure talks with Capito, pivots to bipartisan group | Some US billionaires had years where they paid no taxes: report | IRS to investigate leak
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THE BIG DEAL—White House to end infrastructure talks with Capito, shift focus to bipartisan group: President BidenJoe BidenFormer Rep. Rohrabacher says he took part in Jan. 6 march to Capitol but did not storm building Saudis picked up drugs in Cairo used to kill Khashoggi: report Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting MORE is cutting off infrastructure negotiations with a GOP group led by Sen. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoGOP senator introduces constitutional amendment to ban flag burning Biden fails to break GOP 'fever' Pelosi: 'No intention' of abandoning Democrats' infrastructure goals MORE (R-W.Va.) after weeks of talks failed to produce a deal.

In a Tuesday statement, White House press secretary Jen Pskai said Biden “informed Senator Capito today that the latest offer from her group did not, in his view, meet the essential needs of our country to restore our roads and bridges, prepare us for our clean energy future, and create jobs.”

Biden will instead move forward on discussions with a bipartisan group of senators. The Hill’s Brett Samuels has the latest here.

How we got here: Talks between Biden and Capito seemed to be circling the drain for at least a week now, especially after a call between the two Friday yielded little progress.

The Hill’s Alexander Bolton brings us up to speed on Schumer’s plan here.


What comes next: 

Read more: Bipartisan group prepping infrastructure plan as White House talks lag


Some US billionaires had years where they paid no taxes: report: Some of the richest people in America had years in which they did not pay anything in federal income taxes, according to a report from ProPublica published Tuesday.

The political moment: ProPublica's article comes as President Biden and congressional Democrats are pushing for higher taxes on the wealthy. Biden's American Families Plan proposes raising taxes on high-income Americans in several ways, including by increasing the top rate on ordinary income from 37 percent to 39.6 percent, taxing capital gains at the same rate as ordinary income for the highest-income taxpayers and taxing capital gains at death. 

The IRS responds: IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig said at a previously scheduled Senate Finance Committee  hearing that he can't talk about the ProPublica article but can confirm that there is an investigation "with respect to the allegations that the source of the information in that article came from the Internal Revenue Service."

The Hill’s Naomi Jagoda breaks it down here.

Biden administration seeks to thread needle on inflation: President Biden’s top economic officials and the Federal Reserve are trying to sell the benefits of inflation while soothing concerns about the potential risks as the economy emerges from the coronavirus downturn.

  • Before the COVID-19 pandemic, economists fretted for years over the tepid pace of wage increases and the persistently low inflation that helped suppress workers’ salaries. 
  • But with the U.S. now seeing both prices and wages rise at much faster rates, policymakers are attempting to keep Americans patient with an economic recovery pushing inflation higher.

For the Fed, the jump in prices is far from unexpected or even unwelcome. The central bank last summer adopted a new approach that called for letting inflation run slightly above the annual 2 percent goal long enough to make up for tepid wage growth and pre-pandemic underemployment. The Biden administration has also embraced the upward pressure on wages, dismissing the rate of price increases as a fleeting quirk of the COVID-19 recovery.

Even so, the recent rise poses considerable political challenges for both Biden and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell that could lead to policy obstacles.

“Even if you don’t think it’s a problem, and I don’t think it’s a problem for the economy, it creates problems for the Fed and pressure on the Fed,” said Adam Ozimek, chief economist at Upwork.

I explain why here.


  • The Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center hosts a webinar entitled “What Are the Effects of the Biden Administration’s Corporate Tax Proposals?” at 9:30 a.m.
  • Acting Office of Management and Budget Director Shalanda Young testifies before the House Budget Committee on President Biden’s fiscal 2022 budget proposal at 11 a.m.
  • The House Financial Services Committee holds a hearing entitled “Universal Vouchers: Ending Homelessness and Expanding Economic Opportunity in America” at 12 p.m.
  • A Senate Banking subcommittee holds a hearing on central bank digital currency at 2:30 p.m.
  • The Joint Economic Committee holds a hearing on the gender wage gap at 2:30 p.m.



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