Arizona Senator and Democrat Krysten Sinema just threw a huge monkey wrench into her party’s plan to spend more than $3.5 trillion dollars on a spending bill.

Senator Sinema also claims her objections are not a ploy to get a better deal for herself and it’s not up for negotiation.

Via Politico:

As House Democratic leaders hold back Sinema’s own Senate-passed bipartisan infrastructure bill in order to push the Arizona Democrat and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to support a multitrillion-dollar spending bill, Sinema is making it crystal clear that her mind can’t be changed. And that applies even as her own legislation becomes a bargaining chip in House Democrats’ internal discussions.

The $550 billion bipartisan infrastructure bill “is a historic win for our nation’s everyday families and employers and, like every proposal, should be considered on its own merits,” said Sinema spokesperson John LaBombard. “Proceedings in the U.S. House will have no impact on Kyrsten’s views about what is best for our country – including the fact that she will not support a budget reconciliation bill that costs $3.5 trillion.”

It’s the latest entrenched position from the first-term moderate, whose resistance to changing the Senate’s filibuster rules and to supporting a $3.5 trillion spending bill is enraging progressives. Sinema and Manchin both helped pass Democrats’ budget earlier this month, setting up that gargantuan spending bill, but both are resistant to a social spending package that ultimately meets its $3.5 trillion top line mark.

Sinema in particular specifically opposes that spending goal, which was devised by Senate Budget Chair Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Senate Democrats need all 50 of their members, including Manchin and Sinema, to pass a filibuster-proof reconciliation spending bill.

Sen. Krysten Sinema has become a royal pain in the butt for Senate Democrats as she refuses to march in lockstep with the demands of leadership.

This is a very good development and one that frankly I never expected.

That said, while Sen. Krysten Sinema has said she opposes a $3.5 trillion spending bill, she did not say exactly what kind of bill she would support along with many other details.

What happens if Schumer pares the spending plan back to $2.9 trillion? Would Sinema and Manchin cave? We’ll find out soon enough I suppose.

Who knew Krysten Sinema and Joe Manchin would be the ones to help preserve what is left of our constitutional republic and our economy?

Lets hope they have the desire and the fortitude to continue down this path of opposing the Democrats massive spending plans, eliminating the filibuster and attempt to change how elections are managed.

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