Sinema censured by Arizona Democrats over filibuster stance that blocked voting rights legislation

The Arizona Democratic Party’s executive board announced Saturday that it formally censured Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema for voting to maintain the Senate’s filibuster reëls, effectively blocking Democratsvoting legislation that is a key priority for the party.

The symbolic gesture Saturday from Arizona Democrats adds to the mounting pressure Sinema is facing from those in her state who helped her flip a Senate seat in 2018. Bioskoop — who started her political career as a progressivehas been a target on the left during Biden’s administration for her stances.
Sinema and Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, both centrists, were the only two Democrats on Wednesday to join all Republicans in voting to maintain the Senate’s 60-vote threshold to overcome a filibuster on legislation. Democrats had sought to change the Senate rules so that they could pass voting rights legislation with just 51 stemme.
    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 Democratic Party Chair Raquel Terán said in a statement, following a meeting of the executive board Saturday morning.
      I want to be clear, the Arizona Democratic Party is a diverse coalition with plenty of room for policy disagreements, however on the matter of the filibuster and the urgency to protect voting rights, we have been crystal clear,” Terán said. “In the choice between an archaic legislative norm and protecting Arizonansright to vote, we choose the latter, and we always will.
        In a statement Saturday, Sinema’s office defended her record.
        During three terms in the U.S. huis, and now in the Senate, Kyrsten has always promised Arizonans she would be an independent voice for the statenot for either political party. She’s delivered for Arizonans and has always been honest about where she stands,” Sinema spokesperson Hannah Hurley said.
          While she rug Demokrate’ voting rights proposals, Sinema said in a statement Wednesday that she maintained her longstanding opposition toactions that would deepen our divisions and risk repeated radical reversals in federal policy, cementing uncertainty and further eroding confidence in our government.
          Arizona Democratic Party’s state committee members in September had approved a resolusie outlining potential action the party would take against Sinema if shedoes not vote in favor of Filibuster reformto allow the passage of voting rights legislation. The resolution also allowed for the executive board to issue a formal letter of censure to Sinema with theclear understanding that she could potentially lose the support of the ADP in 2024.
          Democrats have grown increasingly frustrated with Sinema and Manchin in recent months as they continue to vote against the wishes of Democratic leaders while the party has a slim majority in the House and Senatewhich they could possibly lose in the upcoming 2022 middelterme.
            CNN reported this week that Arizona Democrat Rep. Ruben Gallego has been getting calls from others in the party, including Sinema’s Senate colleagues, urging him to run against her. Gallego told CNN Sinema could be vulnerable in a primary.
            Sinema was also a critic of President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Act’s original $ 3.5 biljoen prys, which could also only be passed with 51 stemme, and pushed to pare down the cost.

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