Kyrsten Sinema has turned out to be quite a pleasant surprise. Who would have thought that she would be better for conservatives than Jeff Flake was? She is standing firm against the $3.5 trillion dollars Democratic spending bill. She has been receiving a lot of pressure to go with her party, but she is standing with her constituents instead.
Joe Manchin had expressed doubts about the bill, but he has taken a squishy position and he could vote either way.
Her vote will accomplish another benefit for taxpayers. The $1.2 trillion dollar infrastructure bill that Sinema led the fight for and got passed in the Senate is unlikely to pass since Nancy Pelosi and the Squad oppose passing that bill if the bigger bill does not also pass the Senate.
In the initial vote on the bill, every Republican voted against it. So, Sinema’s vote is the really important one.
Sinema Spokesman John LaBombard told Politico :
[the bipartisan package] “is a historic win for our nation’s everyday families and employers and, like every proposal, should be considered on its own merits.” He added that “proceedings in the U.S. House will have no impact on Kyrsten’s views about what is best for our country — including the fact that she will not support a budget reconciliation bill that costs $3.5 trillion.”
Joe Manchin has spoken out about the bills and this is what he said:
“Adding trillions of dollars more to nearly $29 trillion of national debt, without any consideration of the negative effects on our children and grandchildren, is one of those decisions that has become far too easy in Washington.”
“This is not about party or politics, it’s about doing what’s right for the country. It would send a terrible message to the American people if this bipartisan bill is held hostage.”
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Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema doubled down on her opposition to the Democrats’ $3.5 trillion budget hours before the House is set to vote on advancing it as soon as Monday.
Her opposition to a package of that size is significant given the Senate’s 50-50 split and the fact that no Republican voted for it when its framework was adopted early on Aug. 11. Both the budget and the bipartisan infrastructure bill — of which Sinema was the lead Democratic negotiator — are awaiting votes in the House, where moderates and progressives are at an impasse over which should be taken up first, jeopardizing the fate of both.