Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) has announced that she does not support the proposed $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill put forward by her party, according to Town Hall Media.
The Arizona Democrat dealt what some have called the “death blow” to Senate Democrats’ long-awaited infrastructure package.
While Sinema wants to be involved in the process of making an infrastructure bill that can pass both houses of congress, she made it clear that she does not support the $3.5 trillion price tag on the current bill.
“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 told The Arizona Republic.
In order to pass their bill, Democrats would need all 50 members of their caucus, including 48 Democrats and two independents, in order to balance out the 50 Republicans on the opposite side of the political aisle.
Even if they gain all 50 needed votes, they’ll be forced to lean on Vice President Kamala Harris’ tie-breaking vote to push through the mammoth bill.
There are other options, however. The Senate also has the opportunity to advance the bipartisan infrastructure package that comes with a substantially lower $1.2 trillion price tag.
The Senate could vote on the bipartisan bill as soon as Wednesday night, if it’s brought before the legislative body.
Unfortunately for Democrats, despite having control of Congress’s upper house, their technical majority is slight enough that they have been hamstrung on some key agenda items, such as their plentiful spending bills.