Arizona Democrat Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is threatening to torpedo Biden’s agenda, telling a group of fellow moderate Democrats in the House of Representatives that she will not support a multi-trillion dollar reconciliation package until Congress passes the $1 trillion infrastructure spending bill first, Reuters reported Thursday.
Reuters cited a source briefed on the meeting in its report about the decision of Sinema, a key moderate whose resistance to the reconciliation deal has stalled Biden’s signature legislation.
Sinema wields power to prevent legislation from moving forward in the split 50-50 Senate.
The $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package is a staple of President Joe Biden’s agenda. But moderates Sinema and Sen. Joe Manchin are holding out on the bill as a separate bipartisan infrastructure package is discussed in the House.
House progressives, meanwhile, have refused to pass the infrastructure deal unless the reconciliation package is approved at the same time.
Progressives revolted the last time House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tried to hold a vote on the roads-and-bridges bill alone. Now, Sinema seems determined for it to pass first.
Reps for the senator did not immediately respond to a request for comment by Insider.
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