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Politics AOC Slams Sinema’s Refusal to Support Democrats’ $3.5T Spending Plan

03:20  29 july  2021
03:20  29 july  2021 Source:   nationalreview.com

Sinema strikes big bipartisan infrastructure deal and suffers a Democratic backlash

  Sinema strikes big bipartisan infrastructure deal and suffers a Democratic backlash When a group of 22 senators negotiates a $1 trillion bill, conversations can go off track. And when they did — "far too many (times) to recount," joked one senior staffer — Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema would urge them to finish the job, even if that required some liquid courage. © J. Scott Applewhite/AP Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, at center, is joined Wednesday with other senators who negotiated the roughly $1 trillion infrastructure making its way through the Senate. "I would say, 'it is unacceptable for us to give up here,'" she told CNN. "Have a glass of wine.

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) blasted Senator Kyrsten Sinema on Wednesday after the Arizona Democrat came out against Democrats’ $3.5 trillion spending plan.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) participate in a © Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) participate in a "No Climate, No Deal" demonstration outside the White House in Washington, DC, June 28, 2021.

“Good luck tanking your own party’s investment on child care, 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,'” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in a tweet.

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema doesn't support Democrats' $3.5T reconciliation bill

  Sen. Kyrsten Sinema doesn't support Democrats' $3.5T reconciliation bill Sinema’s reservations about the "human infrastructure" push could force Democrats to scale back the budget reconciliation bill.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.

Representative Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.), who is a member of the progressive “Squad” alongside Ocasio-Cortez, was also critical of Sinema.

Tlaib accused the senator of caring more about making friends with Republicans than addressing the country’s infrastructure.

“Sinema seems not to care that her own state is flooding, the west is burning, and infrastructure around the country is crumbling. Sinema is more interested in gaining GOP friends and blocking much needed resources, than fighting for her residents’ future,” Tlaib wrote in a tweet.

GOP senator credits Sinema for infrastructure deal

  GOP senator credits Sinema for infrastructure deal Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) is crediting Democrat Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) with pushing a bipartisan infrastructure spending package over the finish line this week. "It's rare to have an elected official from one party publicly praising another from the opposite party, but I'm doing just that because it's so essential for the future of our nation that Sinema holds fast in keeping the filibuster intact," Tillis wrote in an NBC News op-ed published on Wednesday. "If Democrats had eliminated the filibuster, there would have been no attempt to find common ground on infrastructure or other critical issues.

In a separate tweet, she added that it’s “time for the White House to play hardball.”

“We didn’t elect Sinema as President and we won’t let her obstruction put a Republican in the Oval Office in 2024,” Tlaib said. “It’s the reconciliation bill or GOP controlling every level of government again, period.”

Democrats are attempting to pass a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan alongside the $3.5 trillion proposal.

Though Sinema said she supports the goals of the $3.5 trillion proposal, such as job growth for Americans, she cannot get behind the price tag.

Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon joins protest outside AOC's office: 'We’re losing hope here that you represent us'

  Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon joins protest outside AOC's office: 'We’re losing hope here that you represent us' Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon protested outside Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's office in New York, saying she was "losing hope" in the Democrat's leadership.The demonstration, billed as a gathering in favor of Medicare for All, took place outside the congresswoman's office in Bronx, New York, on Monday. Sarandon railed against all members of "the Squad," an ultra-liberal wing of the Democratic caucus in the House, calling out Ocasio-Cortez by name.

“I have also made clear that while I will support beginning this process, I do not support a bill that costs $3.5 trillion,” Sinema told the Arizona Republic in a statement.

“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 added.

Sinema’s comments signal a tough road ahead for Democrats, who need the support of every Democratic senator to advance the package.

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Joe Manchin Questions $3.5Tn Price Tag of Dem Budget Reconciliation Bill .
"Are we still going to be competitive? Can we compete in a global market?" the Democratic senator asked.Senator Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, questioned the high $3.5 trillion proposed price tag of President Joe Biden's and Democratic leaders' "human infrastructure" proposal, doubling down on his concerns with the budget reconciliation legislation.

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