Kyrsten Sinema

January 27, 2022

Kyrsten Sinema Censured For Not Voting in Line with Democratic Party

The Arizona Democratic Party (ADP) moved to formally rebuke Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) over her opposition to change the filibuster. Sinema’s holdout, along with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) and all Senate Republicans, prevented Democrats from advancing major voting legislation.

ADP Chair Raquel Terán said the executive board voted to censure Sinema because the “ramifications of failing to pass federal legislation that protects [constituents’] right to vote are too large and far-reaching.”

“While we take no pleasure in this announcement, the ADP Executive Board has decided to formally censure Senator Sinema as a result of her failure to do whatever it takes to ensure the health of our democracy,” she added.

A censure is a symbolic punishment, as it has no practical effect.

Sinema has publicly supported the voting rights bills and voted for them earlier this month, but she has long opposed eliminating the filibuster. She said changing the filibuster would “would deepen our divisions and risk repeated radical reversals in federal policy, cementing uncertainty and further eroding confidence in our government.”

Not all Arizona Democrats agree with Sinema’s formal rebuking, namely one Sen. Mark Kelly.

“Senator Kelly does not support the censure. While they came to different decisions on this vote, he looks forward to continuing to work with Senator Sinema on Arizona priorities, as they have done during his first year in the Senate,” a spokesperson for Kelly said in a statement.


Arizona Democrats have censured Kyrsten Sinema over her pro-filibuster vote

October 4, 2021

Immigration activists accost Sen. Sinema in bathroom [video]

Immigration activists accosted Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) in a bathroom in Phoenix on Sunday, demanding that she support President Biden’s Build Back Better plan.

The confrontation occurred at Arizona State University, where Sinema teaches a class. Activists from Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA) followed Sinema into a bathroom and insisted she back the Biden administration’s $3.5 trillion reconciliation package. The group tweeted a video of the altercation.

Recording someone in a bathroom is a violation of Arizona law.

“Yesterday’s behavior was not legitimate protest,” Sinema wrote in a statement on Monday, adding that the group is one she’s “met with several times.”

However, representatives from LUCHA deny that claim.

“No one wants to meet with their senator in the restroom,” said César Fierros, LUCHA’s communications manager. “But it seems like there’s a price tag of several hundred thousand dollars to meet with her anywhere else.”


Immigration activists follow Sinema into bathroom in Phoenix

Photo by Gage Skidmore, license: CC BY-SA 2.0

October 1, 2021

Democratic civil war heats up

The rift between progressive and moderate Congressional Democrats continues to heat up amid ongoing tensions stemming from the budget reconciliation package.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.VA) announced that he wouldn’t support any bill that exceeds a budget of $1.5 trillion, effectively serving the rest of the Democrats with a rude awakening given the $3.5 trillion goal set by the Senate- and House-passed budgets.

The timing of his announcement, along with his comment dismissing the lofty spending plans as “the definition of fiscal insanity.”

“Inaction is insanity. Not willing to negotiate in good faith is insanity. Not fighting to have the critical investments that are needed is insanity. Trying to kill your party’s agenda is insanity,” Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) said.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), the chairwoman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, accused Manchin, along with centrist Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), of “blocking the president’s agenda, the Democratic agenda that we ran on.”

Manchin doubled down on the division, saying that he has never been a “liberal.”

“For them to get theirs, elect more liberals,” he said, noting, “I’ve never been a liberal in any way, shape or form.”


Manchin throws down gauntlet with progressives

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