In a rare display of Democrat concern for massive spending, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) said on Wednesday that while she will go along with her fellow Democrats on a multi-trillion dollar spending bill, she will attempt to scale down the cost of the bill.
As one can imagine, the far-left didn’t take kindly to such a proposition.
Sinema stated, “While I will support beginning this process, I do not support a bill that costs $3.5 trillion — and in the coming months, I will work in good faith to develop this legislation.”
With this announcement, the tweets flew hard and fast from far-left progressives, voicing their outrage for Sinema’s stance.
This from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), with a dash of the race card:
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) accused Sinema of not caring about people in Arizona, and only wanting to befriend Republicans.
Another Democrat operative shared the Squad’s outrage:
Advancing the budget bill sends committees off to begin writing reconciliation legislation in order to get around any GOP filibusters.
And while it is good news for Democrats and Sinema because she is onboard with getting a budget bill passed before the August recess, there will be work to be done on the price tag of the final product.
Many House Democrats have said that they will not support any bipartisan package unless they are assured of the reconciliation bill being passed as well. The $3.5 trillion total represents President Joe Biden’s jobs and families plan.
Many of those same House Democrats are prioritizing the budget plan, which includes a historic expansion of Medicare, in which there are provisions for covering hearing, dental, and vision, as well as things like childcare and climate “action.”
Kyrsten Sinema is not always a sure vote along party lines for the Democrats. Like West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, she is seen as a moderate. Both Sinema and Manchin have endured intense pressure from the party to vote to end the filibuster.
Sinema has defended her position saying, “My support for retaining the 60-vote threshold is not based on the importance of any particular policy. It is based on what is best for our democracy.”
This is also not the first time she has riled those on the far left of her party.
Back in March, when the Senate was voting on a minimum wage amendment to the coronavirus stimulus bill, Sinema took to the Senate floor and gave an emphatic “thumbs down” vote.
Moderates are a big problem for the Democrats. Manchin has not made any statements on the $3.5 trillion proposal. Sen. John Tester (D-MT), also considered a moderate, has said that he will support the budget bill, but is not a definite on the end results.
Democrats need everyone on board, including “rogue” moderates to pass anything.
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