All eyes are on Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) as the vote for President Biden’s infrastructure bill falls on Thursday. Sinema met with Biden several times this week. Remarkably, she met with the president three times on Tuesday alone. However, she is still against a bill that costs as much as $3.5 trillion. Meanwhile rumors sprang that she was actually for it.
“Senator Sinema said publicly more than two months ago, before Senate passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill, that she would not support a bill costing $3.5 trillion,” the statement read. “Claims that the Senator has not detailed her views to President Biden and Senator Schumer are false. Like our bipartisan infrastructure bill, the proposed budget reconciliation package reflects a proposal of President Biden’s–and President Biden and his team, along with Senator Schumer and his team, are fully aware of Senator Sinema’s priorities, concerns, and ideas.”
Yet the Arizona senator is not posturing publicly for the media, like many of her Democratic counterparts have.
“While we do not negotiate through the press–because Senator Sinema respects the integrity of those direct negotiations,” the statement went on. “She continues to engage directly in good-faith discussions with both President Biden and Senator Schumer to find common ground.”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki agreed, refusing to detail negotiations publicly Wednesday. But, she did go as far to say that it seems that Sinema would like a bill to ultimately pass. In addition, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) has voiced his opposition to the bill.
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