(ReliableNews.org) – Democrats are trying desperately to pass their $3.5-trillion spending bill. Moderates aren’t happy with the large cost of the bill, which has inevitably caused tensions among the same party members. Now progressives are vowing to go against one of their own’s State Forty-Eight senator, Kyrsten Sinema.
Infrastructure is one of the most important policies on President Joe Biden’s agenda. He promised he was going to heavily invest in both traditional and so-called human infrastructure. However, Democratic Senators Joe Manchin (WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ) have been the lone holdouts in the party. Recently, progressives turned their attention to Sinema, after spending weeks attacking Manchin.
During Yale’s semiannual conference call, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) reportedly slammed the Arizona senator, saying it’s “insane” that “one senator” is blocking attempts of lawmakers to settle on a price for the bill. Later, he told Axios that Sinema was “absolutely” more of a threat to their agenda than Manchin because he’s “reasonable.”
"The President keeps begging her, tell us what you want. Put a proposal forward," says Rep. Ro Khanna of Senator Kyrsten Sinema.
"One Senator, Kyrsten Sinema, is holding up the will of the entire Democratic Party." pic.twitter.com/kxVP9fGZCG
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) September 29, 2021
Never mind the fact that the comments reek of misogyny, Khanna is wrong. Neither Manchin or Sinema want to saddle the American taxpayer with trillions of dollars worth of debt. The Arizona senator responded to the allegations, saying, “Senator Sinema is negotiating in good faith directly with President Biden and [Senate Majority Leader Chuck] Schumer [D-NY], not through the press.”
Democrats are trying to pass the bill through budget reconciliation. That tool allows the Senate to push through legislation related to the budget with a simple majority. To do that, they need all 50 Democratic votes. Without Senators Sinema and Manchin, the bill is dead.
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