Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) described the Democrat-led House’s cancellation of a vote on the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill as an “inexcusable” failure, saying it would betray the trust of the American people.
“Canceling the U.S. House vote on the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act denies Americans millions of new good-paying jobs and hurts everyday families,” Sinema tweeted on Saturday, Oct. 2.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders on Thursday decided to delay a vote on the infrastructure bill that passed the Senate in August. They faced a threat of an embarrassing defeat from a separate budget worth $3.5 trillion at the hands of progressives. The far-left wing of the Democratic caucus had warned that they would oppose the bill unless there were an agreement on the larger spending measure packed with left-wing spending priorities and tax increases.
But in her statement, Sen. Sinema claimed that the House’s failure to hold a vote on infrastructure bill is “deeply disappointing for communities across our country.
“Denying Americans millions of good-paying jobs, safer roads, cleaner water, more reliable electricity, and better broadband only hurts everyday families,” the moderate Democrat said.
The Arizonan lawmaker said that her state voters and all Americans expect Congress to consider legislation on the merits rather than obstruct new jobs and critical infrastructure investment for no substantive reason.
“My vote belongs to Arizona, and I do not trade my vote for political favors—I vote based only on what is best for my state and the country,” she wrote. “I have never, and would never, agree to any bargain that would hold one piece of legislation hostage to another.”
Sinema said that she had helped deliver the infrastructure bill following negotiations with President Joe Biden and would continue to engage in “good-faith negotiations” over the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation proposal.
“Good-faith negotiations, however, require trust. Over the course of this year, Democratic leaders have made conflicting promises that could not all be kept—and have, at times, pretended that differences of opinion within our party did not exist, even when those disagreements were repeatedly made clear directly and publicly,” she wrote.
“Canceling the infrastructure vote further erodes that trust. More importantly, it betrays the trust the American people have placed in their elected leaders and denies our country crucial investments to expand economic opportunities,” she added.