With the landmark infrastructure bill signed into law after a long battle in Congress, some are wondering 'what's next?' But many are wondering about what could have been.
And then there's Democratic Senator from Arizona, Kyrsten Sinema who can't read the room or seem to remember what she did for the last year.
After a year of upsetting her constituents by voting against policies that would help, and holding up the Build Back Better legislation, leading to the watered-down bill we finally got, Sinema bragged about the "success" on Twitter.
No one was having any of it.
The Build Back Better framework was to be the hallmark of the Biden administration.
It was originally a set of $3.5 trillion bills that would seek to improve infrastructure, combat climate change, raise the federal minimum wage, and provide much more for the American people. These would have been paid for by increasing the tax rate on the highest earners.
Many parts of the bills saw opposition from Republicans, but were popular with the American people. A solution to pass the legislation was to abolish or alter the filibuster rule to allow the bills to make it to a vote.
This is where Sinema comes into play. She, along with West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, acted as obstacles to getting anything done.
The two blocked any attempts to reform or abolish the filibuster. They moved against popular mandates in the bill, like a $15 federal minimum wage, and provisions that would have strengthened unions.
In all, the infrastructure portion of the bill getting passed at all was in spite of Sinema, not because of her.
Sinema tried to defend her position on the filibuster, claiming if Republicans got control of Congress, they'd use the lack of the filibuster to overturn laws and pass new ones that could be harmful.
This ignored the fact Republicans were already planning to do this even without the removal of the filibuster. As they've shown in the past, they're more than willing to move forward on bills to remove popular legislation.
However, these have usually failed, such as the numerous attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.'
Basically, Sinema's argument doesn't have a leg to stand on. Despite this, she's refused to answer questions asked by the media and more importantly, her constituents.
The idea she'd try to take credit for the passing of this bill is laughable.
Sinema's support has been dropping over the course of the last year. Her massive popularity with a Democratic base has been replaced with a little more approval from Republicans.
There's always the chance Sinema will remember who sent her to Congress, but Arizonans aren't holding their breath.