Kyrsten Sinema

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 CĆ©sar 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 theĀ 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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