Sinema's office denies report that she wants to cut $100B in climate spending

Sen. Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaPolice recommend charges against four over Sinema bathroom protest K Street revenues boom On The Money — Democrats eye tough choices as deadline looms MORE’s office is denying a report that the Arizona Democrat wants to cut $100 billion in climate-related money from Democrats’ spending bill.

The New York Times reported on Friday, citing two people familiar with the matter, that Sinema is seeking to cut that amount in spending from a proposal that's packed with key elements of President BidenJoe Biden White House: US has donated 200 million COVID-19 vaccines around the world Police recommend charges against four over Sinema bathroom protest K Street revenues boom MORE's agenda.

John LaBombard, a spokesperson for Sinema, denied the report in a Twitter post Friday.

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“Neither Senator Sinema nor our office have requested or demanded such cuts, nor have we ever heard of any such demands. Once again, the NY Times relies on anonymous sources and gets it flat wrong. Do better,” he tweeted.

Reached by The Hill via email on Monday, he reiterated the denial, saying, “The NYT report was completely inaccurate.”

LaBombard did not respond to The Hill’s questions about whether Sinema wants to cut any climate spending or whether she does not support some elements of the package's climate proposals.

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Sinema has recently expressed support for tackling climate change, telling The Arizona Republic, “We know that a changing climate costs Arizonans. And right now, we have the opportunity to pass smart policies to address it.”

With the 50-50 split in the Senate, Democrats can’t lose a single vote on their spending bill, making moderates like Sinema and Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinK Street revenues boom Biden champions economic plan as Democrats scale back ambitions On The Money — Democrats eye tough choices as deadline looms MORE (D-W.Va.) critical to helping the legislation advance.

The proposal is expected to enact major climate measures aimed at reducing global warming through investments in clean energy, electric vehicles and fees on methane emissions. Manchin has already raised concerns about the legislation's climate measures.