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House progressives threaten to spike Biden’s big infrastructure deal

Democratic factions are already warring over a $3.5 trillion ‘human infrastructure’ bill, even after the Senate reached a breakthrough over a deal to spend $550 billion in new spending on roads, bridges and other projects.

House ‘squad’ members are training fire on Sen. Kysten Sinema (D-Ariz.) after she balked at the price tag, accusing her of selling out her constituents and even suggesting all-white negotiators excluded lawmakers of color. 

That bipartisan infrastructure bill advanced in the Senate on a 67-32 vote Wednesday night, with 17 Republicans including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell voting for it.

That bill is likely to pass the House in a substantially different form – which could cause many of those Republicans to bolt.  

Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema has come out in opposition to President Joe Biden’s $3.5trillion budget ‘reconciliation’ package. She is pictured speaking on Wednesday night, prompting House ‘squad’ members to attack her

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is also demanding Congress also act first on the separate $3.5 trillion bill through the budget ‘reconciliation’ process – and centrist Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is already drawing a line against it.

Sinema has announced she won’t go for the full amount, although it appears she will vote with her party on a procedural vote to advance the budget. 

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ripped her for her stance. 

‘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,’ the ‘squad’ member tweeted Wednesday.

Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), who is black, tweeted that he is opposed to the latest deal because he hasn’t yet seen legislative text.  

Rep. Rashida Tlaib wrote that 'Sinema seems not to care that her own state is flooding, the west is burning, and infrastructure around the country is crumbling. Sinema is more interested in gaining GOP friends and blocking much needed resources, than fighting for her residents' future'

Rep. Rashida Tlaib wrote that ‘Sinema seems not to care that her own state is flooding, the west is burning, and infrastructure around the country is crumbling. Sinema is more interested in gaining GOP friends and blocking much needed resources, than fighting for her residents’ future’

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., chair of the Senate Budget Committee, is met by reporters during the vote to start work on a nearly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., chair of the Senate Budget Committee, is met by reporters during the vote to start work on a nearly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Squad members accused bipartisan negotiators of excluding members of color from negotiations

Squad members accused bipartisan negotiators of excluding members of color from negotiations

President Joe Biden hailed the new breakthrough as proof that bipartisanship can still work. Both infrastructure proposals face an uncertain future

President Joe Biden hailed the new breakthrough as proof that bipartisanship can still work. Both infrastructure proposals face an uncertain future

Sinema was part of the group negotiating the infrastructure deal, and has spoken to President Biden about it. 

Coming in with another attack was fellow squad member Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. ‘Sinema seems not to care that her own state is flooding, the west is burning, and infrastructure around the country is crumbling. Sinema is more interested in gaining GOP friends and blocking much needed resources, than fighting for her residents’ future,’ she said. 

Republican Senators Rob Portman of Ohio (R), Mitt Romney of Utah (2-R), Susan Collins of Maine (C), Bill Cassidy of Louisiana (2-L) and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska (L) announce an agreement on infrastructure following a meeting with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USA, 28 July 2021

Republican Senators Rob Portman of Ohio (R), Mitt Romney of Utah (2-R), Susan Collins of Maine (C), Bill Cassidy of Louisiana (2-L) and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska (L) announce an agreement on infrastructure following a meeting with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USA, 28 July 2021

''This deal signals to the world that our democracy can function,' said President Joe Biden, after a bipartisan group announced a deal on infrastructure

”This deal signals to the world that our democracy can function,’ said President Joe Biden, after a bipartisan group announced a deal on infrastructure

She continued in another attack: ”We didn’t elect Sinema as President and we won’t let her obstruction put a Republican in the Oval Office in 2024,’ Tlaib said. ‘It’s the reconciliation bill or GOP controlling every level of government again, period.’

The larger package, negotiated by Senate Budget Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders with lawmakers in his caucus, contains funding for universal Pre-K, free college tuition, and a skein of programs. He has said it would be transformative for the U.S. economy, but even his scaled back figure is getting resistance from party centrists.  

Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) on Thursday congratulated Sinema, GOP Sen. Rob Portman and other negotiators, but told CNN we are promptly going to move to the other bill before we end up leaving for our probably brief August recess.  So it will be clear to the House whether they’ve got both coming or neither before they have to take them up,’ he said. 

‘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. 


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