On the Inflation Reduction Act, Manchin's vote trumped Sinema's

By Steve Goldstein
Published: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 - 12:00pm
Updated: Tuesday, August 9, 2022 - 12:05pm

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Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema

When she was elected in 2018, Kyrsten Sinema became the first Arizona Democrat to win a U.S. Senate race since Dennis DeConcini in 1988. Since taking office, Sen. Sinema has been seen both as a dealmaker who reaches across the aisle and as someone who isn’t progressive enough.

Both of those narratives were in play recently when the Senate passed the so-called Inflation Reduction Act. Sinema was extremely supportive of the investment in actions related to dealing with climate change, but she faced criticism for being on board for a Republican amendment removing a corporate minimum tax from the legislation.

Jim Newell is senior politics writer for Slate and created a feature called “Sinemanchin Watch” focused on Sens. Sinema and Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.).

The Show spoke with him to hear his current assessment on the duo's current level of influence in the Senate.

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