Report: Sen. Sinema won’t budge on supporting $3.5T Dem spending bill

There’s presumably nothing more desired by President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and other top Dems than the passage of a massive, $3.5 trillion spending bill that will radically alter the course of the United States, and possibly financially cripple it down the road.

Thankfully, according to Fox Business, there remain at least a few moderate Dem senators, such as Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), who won’t budge on supporting the bill, which effectively kills any chance of its passage given the current makeup of the 50-50 split Senate. 

In a statement from Sinema’s office, it was reiterated that the Arizona Democrat has long claimed not to be in support of the massive spending bill. The statement included a reminder that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and the president himself are well aware of that fact.

“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, which was published via Twitter.

Sinema’s office added: “In August, she shared detailed concerns and priorities, including dollar figures, directly with Senate Majority Leader [Chuck] Schumer and the White House. Claims that the Senator has not detailed her views to President Biden and Senator Schumer are false.”

Given her holdout status, which matches closely with fellow moderate Dem Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), one can only begin to imagine what President Biden, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, and other top Dems have offered her with the hopes of landing her support.

While she doesn’t appear to be interested in moving directions on supporting Biden’s Build Back Better $3.5 trillion spending package, her office made clear that she’s met with Biden and Schumer for “good-faith discussions” with both men.

“While we do not negotiate through the press – because Senator Sinema respects the integrity of those direct negotiations – she continues to engage directly in good-faith discussions with both President Biden and Senator Schumer to find common ground.”

Only time will tell if Biden, Pelosi, and Schumer get their legacy-level bill passed, but hopefully, for the rest of America, Sinema and others will continue to understand that passing such a bill will spell decades of trouble for the U.S. economy as a whole.