[Kyrsten Sinema] We’re going to start ramping up and making sure folks are aware of just how little she gives a damn to not just Arizona, but this country. — Corbin Trent, co-founder of Brand New Congress and co-director of Justice Democrats
[Kyrsten Sinema] We’re going to start ramping up and making sure folks are aware of just how little she gives a damn to not just Arizona, but this country. — Corbin Trent, co-founder of Brand New Congress and co-director of Justice Democrats
Sinema strikes big bipartisan infrastructure deal and suffers a Democratic backlash
Sinema’s bill is far from enough, noting that it comprises about a quarter of President Joe Biden’s initial American Jobs Plan, which included much greater incentives for research and development, manufacturing and clean energy.

These progressives said that Sinema’s bill advancing through the Senate now is just the latest offense, after she publicly defended the filibuster and opposed the price tag of a $3.5 trillion bill expanding the social safety net.

Steven Slugocki, the former Democratic Party chairman for Arizona’s Phoenix-based Maricopa County, said that while Sinema promised to “get stuff done,” she “has so far not held up to those promises” and said the bill “doesn’t go far enough for what this historic opportunity calls for.”

“Her constituents are frustrated, disappointed and angry — and rightfully so,” Slugocki said. “Voters are looking for leadership and action, not upholding old unnecessary Senate traditions. The time for real results has come.”

... But her centrist positions have infuriated some Democrats, who say the state faces a series of crises — water shortages, climate change, evictions—that she’s not up to facing.

Sinema is one of the most outspoken members when it comes to preserving the filibuster, which prevents radical change by forcing 60 votes for most legislation. The image of her thumbs-down vote to raising the minimum wage as part of a massive pandemic aid bill in March also drew the ire of the left.

And she’s come out swinging against passing a $3.5 trillion bill that would fund climate initiatives, universal prekindergarten and community college, establish paid family and medical leave, expand the child tax credit, and add dental, vision and hearing benefits to Medicare, among many other proposals. She is open to passing the budget but not a bill that costs that much.

“I thought there was agreement among Democrats, but evidently not,” said Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Some Democrats are looking for someone to run a campaign against Sinema when she runs for reelection in 2024.

“If we need to find a new candidate, we are prepared to do so as Arizonans,” Gomez said.

A few strategists who helped launch New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s 2018 upset campaign have already set their sights on the senator through a new PAC called No Excuses. Corbin Trent told CNN that the PAC plans on airing radio and digital ads next week.

“We’re going to start ramping up and making sure folks are aware of just how little she gives a damn to not just Arizona, but this country,” Trent said.
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