(Bloomberg) — Senator Elizabeth Warren will join the Senate Finance Committee, an A-list Senate panel that oversees tax, trade and health care legislation, she announced on Tuesday.
My first order of business on the @SenateFinance Committee – the committee that leads tax and revenue policy in the Senate – will be to introduce legislation for a #WealthTax on fortunes above $50 million. It is time to make the ultra-rich pay their fair share. pic.twitter.com/IccP6do57y
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) February 2, 2021
The appointment will give Warren more ability to exercise influence over tax increases — a key priority for President Joe Biden as he looks to raise levies on corporations and wealthy Americans to pay for his infrastructure and pandemic recovery plans.
Warren, who ran against Biden in the Democratic primary, has long been focused on income inequality. She often says the system is skewed in favor of big banks, lobbyists and other well-heeled interests against middle-class and poor families struggling to make ends meet.
Warren campaigned on the idea of a wealth tax, a levy on accumulated assets. Biden has rejected the idea, but he has proposed far larger tax increases any other previous Democratic presidents — including taxing capital gains as regular an income, a change that would result in large IRS bills for many investors.
Warren is also a supporter of Medicare-for-All, another progressive goal, while Biden has said he prefers to expand the Affordable Care Act and add a public option for health insurance.