White House believes Sinema supports passing reconciliation bill this year

The White House believes Sen. Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaBiden points to drug prices in call for Senate social spending vote The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Omicron tests vaccines; Bob Dole dies at 98 This week: Congress poised to go into December overtime MORE (D-Ariz.) supports passing a large reconciliation package this year, press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiSchumer steps on the gas to move Biden agenda Judge blocks Spicer, Vought bid to return to Naval Academy board Romney praises Biden's boycott of Beijing Olympics MORE said Wednesday. 

"Our sense is she does," Psaki said when asked if President BidenJoe BidenMan sentenced to nearly four years for running scam Trump, Biden PACs Dole in final column: 'Too many of us have sacrificed too much' Meadows says Trump's blood oxygen level was dangerously low when he had COVID-19 MORE believes Sinema is in favor of moving a bill with various Democratic priorities.

Asked if the administration believes Sinema supports doing it this year, Psaki said: "That’s our sense."


The comments are one of the clearest indicators yet the White House believes Sinema will ultimately be on board with a big spending bill that would contain Biden's priorities on health care, education, family care and climate change.

Sinema has been difficult to pin down as the White House and Democratic leaders navigate how to pass a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill and a larger package through the budget reconciliation process. She has yet to outline what she believes would be an acceptable overall price tag for the reconciliation package, though Sinema and Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinSchumer steps on the gas to move Biden agenda Overnight Health Care — Biden touts drug price push Biden points to drug prices in call for Senate social spending vote MORE (D-W.Va.) have argued a proposal of $3.5 trillion is too high.

Biden has met with Sinema multiple times over the last few weeks, hosting her at the White House as recently as Tuesday. White House officials met with Sinema at the Capitol on Wednesday.

The White House must win over the support of all 50 Democrats in the Senate to pass the reconciliation bill with all 50 Republicans unified in opposition.