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Arizonans are sounding off on whether they think Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., should support the massive Democrat-backed social spending and taxation bill that was agreed upon as part of a deal between Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
Sinema announced Thursday evening that she would “move forward” with the bill, officially called the Inflation Reduction Act, after previously signaling changes would have to be made in order to for her to agree to supporting it.
Fox News Digital spoke to a number of residents on the streets of Arizona to get their take on the bill, as well as whether Sinema should agree to it considering it would lead to tax hikes on middle class Americans.
“I believe she should, yes, if only because it’s going to help the economy,” said resident Willis Daychild. “I’m all for it because this inflation is pretty outrageous right now, and if they can do something to curb that somehow, then I’m all for it.”
Senator Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat from Arizona, announced she will support the Manchin-Schumer spending bill. (Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Resident Gary Kuznia disagreed, saying, “No way,” and suggesting he had such strong feelings about the bill that he was intentionally keeping his language clean for the camera.
He predicted the bill would not do anything to help fix the massive level of inflation currently facing Americans, and that it would lead to increased taxes on Americans despite promises that it would not.
“I hope she doesn’t cave. I really do. I like her. Even though I’m a conservative, I really like her. I hope she doesn’t,” he added.
Resident Richard Carrillo expressed that he was not worried about the likelihood of increased taxes from the bill, claiming that Sinema should support it “if it’s going to help us out.”
“Yeah, I would. I would support it … I think she should back it,” he said.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., surprised the political world by announcing his agreement on a spending bill with Chuck Schumer. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)
“As far as I’m concerned, you just don’t know if that much money is going to combat inflation,” resident Joseph Nunez said. “But without solid, concrete evidence on how it’s going to work, I really don’t think she should back something that’s three quarters of a trillion dollars. That’s a lot of money.”
“I just don’t know if she should back that without details in how that money is going to be spent and where it’s going to be spent, so it can trickle down to the places where it needs to go,” he added.
Sinema’s support for the bill means it will likely pass through the Senate in a narrow vote that could see Vice President Kamala Harris forced to break a 50-50 tie.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said the Senate will move quickly to pass the spending bill. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Earlier on Thursday, Schumer announced that the Senate would reconvene Saturday afternoon and would vote to begin debate on the bill.
Fox News’ Jamie Brennan, Lance LaraLin, Tyler Olson, Kelly Phares, and Chad Pergram contributed to this report.
Brandon Gillespie is an associate editor at Fox News. Follow him on Twitter at @brandon_cg.