Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) said she opposes the $3.5 trillion price tag for the budget bill Democrats plan to pass along party lines.
What she said: Sinema said in a statement that she does not agree with the bill’s price tag of $3.5 trillion. The congresswoman indicated that she backs the package but not the cost and that she is willing to negotiate.
“I have told Senate leadership and President Biden that I support many of the goals in this proposal to continue creating jobs, growing American competitiveness, and expanding economic opportunities for Arizonans. I have also made clear that while I will support beginning this process, I do not support a bill that costs $3.5 trillion,” the Arizona Democrat said in a statement, The Arizona Republic reported.
“In the coming months, I will work in good faith to develop this legislation with my colleagues and the administration to strengthen Arizona’s economy and help Arizona’s everyday families get ahead,” she added.
Why it matters? Democrats can pass the reconciliation bill without support from Republicans. All 50 Democrats in the Senate will need to support it.
It seeks to fund climate change measures, health care funding, subsidize community college, and care for elders and children. The goal of the package is to deliver on parts of President Joe Biden’s $1.8 trillion “families” plan and $2.3 trillion “jobs” proposal.
Ocasio-Cortez criticized Sinema in response to the statement.
“Good luck tanking your own party’s investment on childcare, climate action, and infrastructure while presuming you’ll survive a 3 vote House margin – especially after choosing to exclude members of color from negotiations and calling that a ‘bipartisan accomplishment,” the New York congresswoman tweeted.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib also took issue with Sinema’s stance on the bill’s price tag.
“Sinema is more interested in gaining GOP friends and blocking much needed resources, than fighting for her residents’ future,” Tlaib tweeted.
Meanwhile, Democrats are also trying to pass a $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan. After weeks of negotiations, Democrats this week announced that they have reached an agreement with the Republican group that’s part of the talks. On Wednesday, the Senate voted to advance the legislation, with 17 Republicans joining Democrats in voting to move forward with the bill.
Democrats need at least 10 Republicans to pass the legislation.
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