[Ed. – Many of us are old enough to remember when anger at moderation would have been thought psychotic.]
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona is at the center of congressional Democrats’ high-stakes push to pass President Joe Biden’s economic agenda – but her moderate stances are drawing ire from her progressive supporters back home and even putting her in danger of facing a primary challenge.
Sinema, elected in 2018, was a key player in drafting and passing the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill. Currently, she’s playing an outsize role in determining the fate of the other part of Biden’s infrastructure and economic agenda – the Build Back Better bill, a $3.5 trillion package that Democrats will pass along party lines via budget reconciliation.
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The progressives who knocked on doors for Sinema in 2018 now feel frustrated and betrayed by her opposition to large parts of Biden’s Build Back Better agenda and what they see as a lack of urgency on her part to address climate change and protect voting rights, The New York Times reported.