Kirsten Cinemas (D-Ariz.) is negotiating the size and scope of President Biden’s $3.5 trillion budget plan, each equipped with its own spreadsheet about the required costs and tax increases for the program, in this case People familiar with tell Nerdshala.
why it matters: While Sen. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) is drawing attention for his $3.5 trillion top-line price tag, the cinema’s accountant-like attention is on the bottom line, winning the votes of his and other prominent Democrats. will be equally important.
- Sinema’s intense interest in the numbers also suggests that she will be a formidable foil to progressives — like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) — who are working to make the spending bill as big as possible.
- Cinema’s director of communications John Labombard said, “As he has publicly stated, San Cinema will continue to work in good faith with his colleagues and President Biden as this legislation develops – and closely follows the proposals made by the committees.” will be reviewed.”
big picture: Despite the focus on Munchkin, party leaders and the White House are aware of cinema’s potential concerns.
- In early July, he was clear The $3.5 trillion price tag was too high for that.
- The lack of clarity about how long each program will last has frustrated both senators and external budget groups.
- The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget has sought to bring about uniformity in the process and end the value of the reconciliation package at $5.5 trillion.
Between the lines: Cinema and manchin aren’t necessarily on the same page about which programs — and which raise taxes — they can stomach.
- Crafting a deal to address Munchkin’s concerns doesn’t ensure that cinema will be happy either.
Behind the scenes: Cinema refers to her spreadsheets as she strategizes with colleagues about the next steps in the budgeting process.
- As House and Senate committees begin writing specific legislation, it is updating its data to make sure it has accurate top and bottom line figures.
Bottom-line: By internalizing the numbers, Cinema looks set to challenge parts of Biden’s total $3.5 trillion package.
- She is also putting herself in a position to cut deals, as she did when she helped broker a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package.
- It received 69 votes, including 19 Republicans, in the Senate last month.