Senator Sinema censured by AZ Democrat Party over filibuster

Senator Sinema censured by AZ Democrat Party over filibuster

The Arizona Democrat Party executive committee passed a resolution censuring Senator Kyrsten Sinema during a closed door meeting Saturday morning.

This occurred after she sided with the majority of the Senate including all 50 Republicans and Democrat Senator Joe Manchin of WV in not supporting an attempt at ending the filibuster rule that requires 60 votes to end debate on a bill.

Democrats were frustrated they could not pass two voter bills that would allow same day registration and put limits on states that have voter ID laws among other provisions. Ironically, both bills were sponsored by Sinema.

Raquel Terán, the state party chair said this in a written statement;

“As a party, our job is to support our Democratic candidates, and we appreciate Senator Sinema’s leadership in passing the American Rescue Plan and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law”

She went on to state that the Democrats are, “here to advocate for our constituents and the ramifications of failing to pass federal legislation that protects their 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.”

Arizona’s political party leadership is no stranger to being at odds with its Senators. The late Republican Senator John McCain was often at odds with Republican leadership as well, he was censured in 2014 along with former Republican Senator Jeff Flake.

Senator Sinema addressed the filibuster issue during a Senate floor speech stating that she “will not support separate actions that worsen the underlying disease of division infecting our country…I am committed to doing my part to avoid toxic political rhetoric, to build bridges, to forge common ground, and to achieve lasting results for Arizona and this country.”

Categories: State of Arizona

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