These days, it seems like all party members are expected to toe the line. If you’re a Democrat, you should support just about every plan that comes your way — same goes for Republicans.
But that doesn’t stop some politicians from standing their ground. And that’s causing problems for the largely Democrat-backed $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation plan.
One Senator isn’t standing with her party on this one, and that could spell trouble.
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) has a reputation for not always supporting leftist-oriented projects and policies. It’s why some Republicans consider her more of an ally than an enemy.
Sinema has been vocal about certain key Democrat ideals but in this instance, she’s not ready to vote for such a costly package.
The Senate remains divided on this important plan, which some experts are saying might actually cost America closer to $5.5 trillion. And that’s Sinema’s biggest issue as well.
She wants to settle on a plan that will benefit both America and her home state of Arizona and even at $3.5T, she says it’s simply too much.
As she told The Arizona Republic (via The Daily Wire):
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.
This isn’t the first time Sen. Sinema has stood in the Democrats’ way in 2021.
For several months, Democrats have attempted to remove the filibuster, but Sinema has pushed back against this as well. This generated plenty of backlash from her fellow party members.
She also voted against an amendment to the American Rescue Plan that would’ve raised the federal minimum wage to $15/hour.
That’s another favorite pet project of leftist politicians and again, Sinema was in the way. Now she aims to block the expensive $3.5T spending package, which already faces stiff resistance.
Sinema, much like Sen. Joe Manchin (D-NY), has proven to be more moderate than many expected.
And because of their willingness to stand up to more extreme or radical Democrat ideas, they’re often heavily criticized by liberal politicos and citizens.
However, that also means they make friends of a few Republicans around the country — and some wonder if people like Sen. Sinema wouldn’t be interested in switching sides.
It’s unlikely to happen but in the end, it’s probably a good idea to have more moderation on Capitol Hill.
Perhaps what America wants most at this point is sensible minds in Washington.
- Democrat Sen. Kyrsten Sinema turned on her party, and won’t support their $3.5T budget reconciliation plan.
- She says it’s too expensive, and it would be even more expensive if it costs what some experts believe (closer to $5.5T).
- This isn’t the first time Sen. Sinema has stood against a Democrat plan.
Source: The Daily Wire