Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona has said she will not support a $3.5trillion spending plan that was already facing a knife-edge split along party lines.
Democrats had been hoping to pass the massive spending bill through the Senate without the help of Republicans that have vowed to oppose.
The senate is already split 50-50 so Sinema’s refusal to back the Democrat’s bill could mean the party will be forced to scale back some of their ambitious plans in the bill to bring down the overall cost.
‘I support many of the goals in this proposal to continue creating jobs, growing American competitiveness, and expanding economic opportunities for Arizonans … I do not support a bill that costs $3.5trillion,’ Sinema said in a statement Wednesday. It led to progressive Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to criticize her on Twitter.
‘Good luck tanking your own party’s investment on childcare, 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.