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In order for Democrats to pass their $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation plan, they need the support of all 50 Democrat in the Senate. There's just one pr0blem: Senator Kyrsten Sinema does not support the plan, which throws a wrench in the entire operation.

Sinema expressed concern about cost implications of the spending package, on Wednesday. Some analysts are warning that the package could actually end up costing upwards of $5.5 trillion, rather than the proposed $3.5 trillion.

“I have also made clear that while I will support beginning this process, I do not support a bill that costs $3.5 trillion — and in the coming months, I will work in good faith to develop this legislation with my colleagues and the administration to strengthen Arizona’s economy and help Arizona’s everyday families get ahead,” Sinema told The Arizona Republic.

Daily Wire reports:

Since the inauguration of President Biden, the lawmaker has been willing to oppose the Democratic consensus.

For instance, she explained her opposition to removing the filibuster in a recent op-ed for The Washington Post:

I understand bipartisanship seems outdated to many pundits. But the difficult work of collaboration is what we expect in Arizona. And I still believe it is the best way to identify realistic solutions — instead of escalating all-or-nothing political battles that result in no action, or in whipsawing federal policy reversals…

This question is less about the immediate results from any of these Democratic or Republican goals — it is the likelihood of repeated radical reversals in federal policy, cementing uncertainty, deepening divisions and further eroding Americans’ confidence in our government.

Sinema also drew the ire of progressives when she voted against an amendment to the American Rescue Plan that would have raised the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour — especially because she bobbed her knees as she signaled a thumbs-down to the policy, projecting body language that reflected some degree of lightheartedness while offering the vote.

It sounds to me like she is one of the only Democrats with a brain and common sense.

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