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Senator Sinema rejects vote on big Biden package before infrastructure -source

EconomyOct 14, 2021 10:15PM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) is pursued by reporters after it was announced that the U.S. Senate reached a deal to pass a $480 billion increase in Treasury Department borrowing authority, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., October

By Jarrett Renshaw and Richard Cowan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema, a key moderate, told fellow Democrats in the House of Representatives this week that she will not vote for a multitrillion-dollar package that is a top priority for President Joe Biden before Congress approves a $1 trillion infrastructure bill, according to a source briefed on the meeting.

Aides for Sinema, who has the power to stop legislation from advancing in the 50-50 Senate, did not respond to a request for comment.

In a previously unreported online meeting on Wednesday, Sinema and fellow moderate Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said they would not abide by any deadlines adopted by leadership to force votes on the package. The meeting was with a group of at least nine moderate House Democrats, the source said.

Congress already faces a pair of critical deadlines around Dec. 3, when the government faces the risk of a shutdown of most agencies and a historic debt default without congressional action. Democrats' razor-thin majorities in the House and Senate are also at stake in next year's midterm elections.

The group of House Democrats suggested putting a November deadline for passing the multi-trillion dollar and moving on with the bipartisan infrastructure bill, but Manchin and Sinema rejected that idea, arguing artificial deadlines are a bad idea, the source said.

Sinema and Manchin have balked at the Biden plan's initial $3.5 trillion price tag for a spending measure to fund social programs and fight climate change. As a result, the president faces a difficult balancing act in trying to bring down the cost but not alienate progressive Democrats who also are essential to passing the legislation.

Following a meeting this month on Capitol Hill with his fellow Democrats, Biden suggested the bill could cost around $2 trillion over 10 years.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the administration is not growing frustrated with the pace of negotiations, but added, "the time for negotiations is not unending."

"We're eager to act. I wouldn't say it's an impatience. I would say it's an interest in moving forward," Psaki said.

Senator Sinema rejects vote on big Biden package before infrastructure -source
 

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LETS GO BRANDON
LETS GO BRANDON Oct 15, 2021 12:19AM ET
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LET'S GO BRANDON!!!!
Jokers R Us
Jokers R Us Oct 14, 2021 10:41PM ET
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A huge land grab bill with a bunch of hidden laws that will decimate our freedoms, any republican who votes for this is a traitor
Forex Harbingers
Forex Harbingers Oct 14, 2021 10:35PM ET
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Thats because she is a true bipartisan liberal and knows that the bill is a bunch of bull. Im a proud AZ dwellers, and my conservative leaning stance still approves of her job being done.
Junk Man
Junk_Man Oct 14, 2021 10:35PM ET
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We need more bipartisan conservatives to move towards the center to get things done..
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Franc Fil Oct 14, 2021 5:26PM ET
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Cancel both bills cut spending and balance the budget!!
Joseph Pino
Joseph Pino Oct 14, 2021 3:31PM ET
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and if they keep harassing her she'll probably say she isn't supporting anything they want to do. that's politics.
Scott Alexander
Scott Alexander Oct 14, 2021 1:45PM ET
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We should be spending our money on reducing taxes on the wealthy! They are really all that matter.
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Josh Davis Oct 14, 2021 1:45PM ET
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Im aorry to tell you this it doesnt matter how much you tax them the loopholes still exist for every american that does for them. Either learn how to take advantage or shut up and get wrecked by the irs your choice
Optimum integrated Services
Optimum integrated Services Oct 14, 2021 1:34PM ET
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am very happy to hear this.
Darryl Allen
Darryl Allen Oct 14, 2021 1:34PM ET
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The govt borrows all this money from private banks. When our govt is indebted to the banks, they stop representing the public.
Jokers R Us
Jokers R Us Oct 14, 2021 1:34PM ET
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ding ding ding nothing will change until we end the Fed
Nadine Frazer
Nadine Frazer Oct 14, 2021 1:34PM ET
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Crypto is at war against fiat currencies. Banks and countries are starting to adopt crypto. China is banning crypto. Join the fight if you can.
sal galeano
sal galeano Oct 14, 2021 1:32PM ET
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trash.
Felipe Daniel
Felipe Daniel Oct 14, 2021 1:27PM ET
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Finally someone opposing the communists of Democrat Party the fiscal plan is just big government to suppress the middle class
palmer gossett
palmer gossett Oct 14, 2021 1:27PM ET
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Majority of population is middle class. Anyone who believes politicians who promise lower taxes for middle class must be democrats that are in for a rude awakening. But you'll always fall for the lies. Just as you believe everything negative about Trump. And you still believe it even after the evidence proves otherwise. So sad to witness an estimated half of the population lost their marbles so to speak. Now days, I have to think twice about who I'm interacting with and to take into account how sensitive you other half are.
Nadine Frazer
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I'd say about 35% of the country is brainwashed by the propaganda and will do whatever they're told. Another 15% actually believe in the leftist ideology. It's sad, in the age of information, that so many choose to be led like sheep.
Charles ODonnell
Charles ODonnell Oct 14, 2021 1:26PM ET
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No way should we pass the multi trillion dollar social/climate/NWO package.
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The big B.
Ferdinando Riboni
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