The statement comes after spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi postponed a vote on a law that Sinema played a key role in negotiating amid opposition from progressives who vowed not to pass the law without the $ 3.5 trillion social spending plan to say goodbye to the party.
White House and Democratic leaders this week tried to negotiate with Sinema and his moderate Senator Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) a framework for the social spending plan that could also satisfy progressives ahead of the vote on the physical infrastructure package. However, despite several meetings with President Joe Biden and White House staff, no agreement was reached.
Sinema and Manchin have both made it clear that they will not support the Democrats’ $ 3.5 trillion revenue for the welfare package. Biden also told the group that the infrastructure package would not get through without the social spending bill.
Sinema stated on Saturday that the delay in the negotiations did not help.
“What the Americans saw instead is an ineffective ploy to influence a separate proposal,” Sinema said. “I don’t trade my vote for political favors – I just vote based on what’s best for my state and country. I have never, and never would, agree to a deal that would make one law hostage to another. “