Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona) spoke out on Saturday against her party’s decision – backed by President Biden – to delay the vote on the bipartisan Senate infrastructure bill until their plan to wider and more complete reconciliation be ready.
Centrist Sinema is not in favor of linking the two laws, as she reiterated in Saturday’s statement. She called the two-way approach an “ineffective blow” and said she “never has and will never agree to a deal that holds one bill hostage to another”.
Although she didn’t mention them by name, Sinema also appeared to target House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) And Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.). “During this year, Democratic leaders made conflicting promises that could not be kept – and sometimes claimed that the differences of opinion within our party did not exist,” she said. declared.
The statement doesn’t necessarily mean Sinema won’t come to an agreement with his colleagues on a scaled-down reconciliation bill, but it also probably doesn’t raise too many spirits during a controversial time within the party.
It should also be noted that Sinema was not the only Democratic senator to express his disappointment with the way things turned out.