Sinema to attend White House infrastructure bill signing

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Senator Kyrsten Sinema, one of the two moderate Democrats in the Senate who have raised concerns about the price tag of President Biden’s Build Back Better Act, will be at the White House on Monday for the signing of the infrastructure bill, her spokesperson confirmed to CBS News.

President Biden is set to sign the $1. 25 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill on Monday, which passed the Senate over the summer and the House earlier this month. Sinema, who was a key negotiator in the Senate bipartisan Infrastructure group, and one of its lead sponsors, is the main sponsor of the bill.

The bill includes $550 billion in new spending on the nation’s physical infrastructure and has been praised by Mr. Biden as the largest investment in roads, bridges, ports, water and rail in decades. The measure provides $110 billion for roads, bridges and major projects, $39 billion for public transit and $66 billion for railways. It also provides $65 billion to expand broadband infrastructure and $55 billion for clear water investments.

Nineteen Republican senators, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, voted for the bill. McConnell, however, said that he would not attend the signing.

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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) arrives to a closed-door meeting Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI), Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Rep. Joe Neguse (D-CO) at the U.S. Capitol October 28, 2021 in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer / Getty Images

In the House, 13 Republicans crossed the aisle and voted for the bill on November 6, but it lost the support of six progressive Democrats, who wanted a vote on Mr. Biden’s $1. 75 trillion social spending plan — known as Build Back Better — at the same time. After a day’s high-stakes negotiations between Democrats, the House cleared a crucial procedural vote to approve the plan. This will enable a vote later in the month.

Moderates in the House objected to voting on Build Back Better until the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) had weighed in on the bill’s financial impact.

The CBO is expected to announce its findings Monday. Due to budget reconciliation rules, the CBO score must be presented before any Senate vote.

Build Back Better is being sent through the Senate via the reconciliation process, meaning it can pass with only 50 votes — but Democrats cannot afford to lose a single vote since no Republicans are expected to support it. Senator Joe Manchin, who, along with Sinema, had been one of the loudest Democratic critics of the plan, indicated last week he wants more details about the bill’s economic impact.

During the negotiations over Build Back Better, Manchin and Sinema demanded large cuts to the bill, especially on climate and prescription drug costs. The House’s progressives repeatedly demanded assurances that Sinema and Manchin would back the bill. However, the two have not responded to their demands. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said earlier this month that Sinema supported the deal to lower the price of prescription drugs, one of her key disagreements.

Kristin Brown and Kathryn Watson contributed to this report.

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