Kyrsten Sinema envisions $ 100 billion cut in funds to tackle climate crisis in Bill Biden, report says
US Senator Kyrsten Sinema wants to cut climate programs by $ 100 billion in major legislation pushed by the White House, according to a report.
Arizona lawmaker is one of two centrist Democrats critical to passing a $ 3.5 trillion budget bill and a $ 1,000 billion infrastructure bill , legislation that is an integral part of President Biden’s national agenda.
Ms Sineman, who started her political career in the Green Party, is now calling for cuts to climate provisions in the budget bill, according to The New York Times.
Last month Ms Sinema said The Republic of Arizona, “We know that a changing climate is costing the people of Arizona. And right now, we have the opportunity to adopt smart policies to address it – pending that. “
Ms Sinema’s spokesperson, John LaBombard, denied calling for the cuts.
“Neither Senator Sinema nor our office have asked for or demanded such cuts, and we have not even heard of such requests,” he told the newspaper.
But people familiar with her request told the newspaper that Ms Sinema had called for a cut in the climate program as Democrats looked for ways to lower the cost of the bill.
The Biden administration has started negotiations for a $ 3.5 trillion spending package, but Democrats are now trying to reduce it to $ 2000 billion.
The bills will not pass without the support of Ms. Sinema and Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia.
Ms. Sinema’s lack of substantive support for Mr. Biden’s legislative agenda appears to have dented her support in Arizona.
Its approval ratings among registered voters in Arizona fell to 42%, from 48% between the first and third quarters of 2021, according to the Morning Consult Political Intelligence track.
People who disapprove of it have dropped from 35% to 42% over the same period.
This disapproval comes mainly from Democratic voters.
At 46%, they are now less likely to approve of the Arizona senator’s performance than they were earlier this year.