Friday, December 2 2022


Arizona Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema had a busy Tuesday. She met Joe biden to discuss his ongoing issues with his social safety net and his climate policy bill, a discussion White House Press Secretary Jen psaki labeled “constructive.” She was later to organize a high-priced fundraiser organized by five business groups opposed to the White House’s plan to fund its ambitious agenda with corporate tax increases.

“Please join ROOFPAC, S-Corp PAC, NECA PAC, NAW-PAC, NGA Grocers PAC for an event in honor of Senator Kyrsten Sinema,” read the fundraising invitation obtained by The New York Times, which highlights Sinema’s campaign logo. The invitation, according to the Times, asked participants to write checks for Sinema’s campaign ranging from $ 1,000 to $ 5,800. Among the groups participating in Sinema’s campaign event was the National Association of Republican Leaning Wholesalers-Distributors, which condemned Biden’s spending program. “Passing the biggest tax hike in US history on the backs of American job creators as they recover from a global pandemic is the last thing Washington should do,” wrote the NAW. “The Democrats’ nearly $ 3 trillion tax hike proposal is so massive and damaging that even if Democrats were to ultimately cut it, it would still destroy millions of American jobs and businesses.”

Sinema, with the conservative Democrat Joe manchin-who also met with Biden on Tuesday – were the biggest hurdles in getting their party’s $ 3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package to reach Biden’s office. (The couple’s opposition to breaking the Senate filibuster has also delayed Democratic priorities such as protecting voting rights.) The decades-long spending plan is expected to fund Biden’s flagship national policies, including l expansion of health care, child care and education; reduce the effects of climate change; and solve infrastructure problems in the United States. The price of the bill is Sinema’s main problem with the bill, as a spokesperson for the senator said in August that “she will not support a budget reconciliation bill that costs $ 3.5 trillion. “. Sinema’s office declined to comment on Times on fundraising, but said the senator “was working directly, in good faith, on the legislation with her colleagues and the administration.”

The Arizona Democrat has faced backlash at home and among progressives for her actions against Biden’s national agenda. Faiz Shakir, an advisor to the president of the Senate budget Bernie Sanders, tweeted that Sinema “gives great access to corporate influences” and interrogates “How much time in her schedule has Senator Sinema set aside for open public meetings with her constituents? ” Sawyer Hackett, the executive director of the former secretary of HUD Julien castroThe future of people first, responded at Sinema’s fundraising event accusing the senator of “using the reconciliation struggle to collect $ 5,800 in checks from PAC companies opposed to the bill?” Each of these PACs overwhelmingly supports Republicans rather than Democrats. »And like MSNBC Rachel Maddow said on the Monday night show in response to the Times fundraising scoop: “It’s the overlap in the Venn diagram between ‘Oh, that explains it all’ and ‘Wow, I’m very deaf. “

However, Sinema has gained a new faction of supporters on the right in light of his clash with the White House. Monday, Fox Business host Larry kudlow praised Sinema for opposing Biden’s corporate tax increases. “Now she’s my kind of girl,” said Kudlow, who has been Trump’s top economic adviser. “I don’t know what the Democratic leaders think they’re going to do with it…. Now it’s like the old Democratic Party of John F. Kennedy or even Bill Clinton’s second term, completely different from today’s awakened class war, “I hate business and investment,” great socialist democrats in government. Fox and his friends host Brian Kilmeade also gave Sinema props for obstructing Biden’s “socialist agenda” and claimed she was being harassed for it. “If you don’t get what you want, if you don’t vote their way, they will harass you now,” he said.

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