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Sen. Sinema says she still won’t support a $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill

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All eyes are on Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) as the vote for President Biden’s infrastructure bill falls on Thursday. Sinema met with Biden several times this week. Remarkably, she met with the president three times on Tuesday alone. However, she is still against a bill that costs as much as $3.5 trillion. Meanwhile rumors sprang that she was actually for it.

“Senator Sinema said publicly more than two months ago, before Senate passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill, that she would not support a bill costing $3.5 trillion,” the statement read. “Claims that the Senator has not detailed her views to President Biden and Senator Schumer are false. Like our bipartisan infrastructure bill, the proposed budget reconciliation package reflects a proposal of President Biden’s–and President Biden and his team, along with Senator Schumer and his team, are fully aware of Senator Sinema’s priorities, concerns, and ideas.”

Yet the Arizona senator is not posturing publicly for the media, like many of her Democratic counterparts have.

“While we do not negotiate through the press–because Senator Sinema respects the integrity of those direct negotiations,” the statement went on. “She continues to engage directly in good-faith discussions with both President Biden and Senator Schumer to find common ground.”

White House press secretary Jen Psaki agreed, refusing to detail negotiations publicly Wednesday. But, she did go as far to say that it seems that Sinema would like a bill to ultimately pass. In addition, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) has voiced his opposition to the bill.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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No help at our border, but Biden announces $5 billion going to bike paths, wider sidewalks

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In the world of Democrat delusion, they think $5 billion is necessary, at this point in time, to make bike paths and widen side walks. You cannot make this up. They have approved $40 billion in aide to Ukraine in a heartbeat under President Biden, while having rejected former President Trump’s request for a mere $5 billion to secure our border.

The news also comes as fentanyl and the drug overdoses are the number one cause of death in the U.S. There’s also an increase in human smuggling and extortion to pay to cross the border. But no; let’s make some bike paths and widen sidewalks. That is an immediate emergency.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced Monday that money will be used over five years under his department’s new “Safe Streets & Roads for All” program. The $5 billion ini federals funds will be used “to slow down cars chia more speed cameras, carve out bike paths and wider sidewalks and urging commuters to public transit” reports Daily Mail.

“The aim will be to provide a direct infusion of federal cash to communities that pledge to promote safety for the multiple users of a roadway, particularly pedestrians and bicyclists.” The announcement also coincides with the six-month anniversary of President Biden’s infrastructure legislation, and the beginning of the 2022 “infrastructure week.”

The desire to fix roads is a noble one, as “road traffic injuries also are the leading cause of death among young people aged 5-29. Young adults aged 15-4 account for more than half of all road deaths” reports Daily Mail, which adds:

Still, much of the federal roadmap relies on cooperation from cities and states, and it could take months if not years to fully implement with discernible results – too late to soothe 2022 midterm voters unsettled by this and other pandemic-related ills, such as rising crime.

The latest U.S. guidance Monday invites cities and localities to sketch out safety plans in their applications for the federal grants, which are to be awarded late this year.

It cites examples of good projects as those that promise to transform a high-crash roadway, such as by adding rumble strips to slow cars or installing speed cameras, which the department says could provide more equitable enforcement than police traffic stops; flashing beacons for pedestrian crosswalks; new ‘safe routes’ via sidewalks or other protected pathways to school or public transit in underserved communities; and other ‘quick build’ roadway changes designed with community input.

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