Nancy Pelosi just lost a DC power play that will surely leave the famously thin-skinned Speaker fuming. The Senate seems ready to agree on a bipartisan infrastructure plan that is a sliver of what Pelosi and Chuck Schumer wanted.
Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, two Dem Senators who will not go along with Nancy’s agenda, held firm and a smaller package focused on roads and rural broadband could have the votes to pass.
The House’s more radical members have threatened to hold that bill up without the typical swampy giveaways so Pelosi pacified the left with the promise of a later bill she will jam through via reconciliation.
Pelosi’s promised boondoggle would cost $3.5 trillion but would need all 50 Dem Senators and Kamala Harris to approve so the bill could get through reconciliation.
And that dream is dead because Kyrsten Sinema just said she is a no: “While I will support beginning this process, I do not support a bill that costs $3.5 trillion — and in the coming months,” she said.
“While bringing both parties together can seem impossible these days, Arizonans elected me to do the hard work,” Sinema said pushing a bipartisan plan.
“Our historic legislation would make the strongest investment in America’s critical infrastructure in a century — creating Arizona jobs, expanding economic opportunities for our state, securing our water future, and protecting our communities from wildfires.”
From AZ Central:
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema does not support Democrats’ $3.5 trillion budget plan that aims to deliver major components of President Joe Biden’s economic agenda that Democrats hope to pass after moving a separate bipartisan infrastructure deal that Sinema negotiated.
Sinema, D-Ariz., told The Arizona Republic on Wednesday she had reviewed the Senate Budget Committee’s spending framework and has told Senate leadership and Biden that she supports many of its goals, including job growth and American competitiveness.
“I have also made clear that 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 my colleagues and the administration to strengthen Arizona’s economy and help Arizona’s everyday families get ahead,” Sinema said in a written statement.