While Manchin is splashed across the media….
(He tends to come home in the end)
The first term Democratic Senator form Arizona, that was tight with Sen. Bernie Sanders seems to the one that is giving Democratic leaders a headache….
The decision by Democratic leaders to schedule a separate vote to raise the borrowing limit came after Senate Republicans balked at doing so as part of the stopgap spending bill, effectively stopping both measures in their tracks. It angered some moderate and conservative lawmakers in their ranks who are cold to the idea of taking a politically difficult vote to endorse more federal debt on a bill that is all but certain to stall in the Senate amid Republican opposition.
That opaqueness is now leading to open frustration among progressives and a quieter frustration among many moderate Democrats and others close to Biden’s administration.
Sinema has refused to deliver specifics about what she would like to see in a reconciliation package, and the comments that have leaked ― a resistance to any and all hikes in the corporate or personal income tax rates ― aren’t considered by her Democratic colleagues as serious starting points for negotiation. (The existing plan for the Build Back Better Act would spend roughly $3.5 trillion over a decade, raising the money from tax increases on people making more than $400,000 a year and on corporations.)
“This is basically the entire House Democratic Caucus on one side, 48 senators on one side, the president on one side, and really the obstacle is Sinema. I mean, it’s really that simple,” Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), a progressive lawmaker, told HuffPost on Tuesday.
“The president’s leaned in on Sinema to give a number, she hasn’t. He’s leaned in on giving a framework, she hasn’t. Leaned in on discussing it in detail, she hasn’t,” he added…
Sinema and Manchin are often paired together, but Manchin has worked with many of his Democratic colleagues for a decade or more and has consistently been there when his party has needed him. Democrats are more willing to give Manchin room to maneuver because he is a Democrat who represents an overwhelmingly Republican state.
….Ms. Sinema is facing a growing political revolt at home from the voters who once counted themselves among her most devoted supporters. Many of the state’s most fervent Democrats now see her as an obstructionist whose refusal to sign on to a major social policy and climate change bill has helped imperil the party’s agenda.
Little can proceed without the approval of Ms. Sinema, one of two marquee Democratic moderates in an evenly divided Senate. While she has balked at the $3.5 trillion price tag and some of the tax-raising provisions of the bill, which is opposed by all Republicans in Congress, Democrats in Washington and back home in Arizona have grown exasperated….