Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) told reporters Wednesday that he is not onboard with passing a bipartisan tax bill because it would make Joe Biden ‘look good’ months before the presidential election.
“Passing a tax bill that makes the president look good — mailing out checks before the election — means he could be re-elected, and then we won’t extend the 2017 tax cuts,” Grassley told reporters, according to NBC News.
Grassley’s comments came hours before the House passed the $78 billion tax package on a 357-70 bipartisan vote.
According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the deal would provide a larger credit in the first year to the low-income families of roughly 16 million children and lift at least half a million children out of poverty.
The bill would also restore some tax cut policies passed during the Trump administration that have expired, NBC noted.
“There’s disagreement by some people on whether or not the bill upsets strategy for 2025 — extending the 2017 tax bill,” Grassley added before the vote. “And all these things are questions that are unanswered. And until something is through the House, I don’t think we’re going to pay too much attention to it.”