Democrats say they 'have no sense' of what Kyrsten Sinema wants in Biden's safety net package as she opposes tax hikes
Sinema is fundraising abroad while talks around Biden's spending plan stall, partly over her opposition to corporate and individual tax hikes.The Arizona Democrat is off fundraising in Europe, The New York Times reported, as negotiations on Democrats' social spending bill stall out with few signs that Sinema and Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia will resolve their differences over a large climate, education, and healthcare spending bill.
The Arizona State University Police Department is recommending charges over the viral bathroom confrontation between activists and Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema this month.
Following an investigation by ASU police, the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, and Sinema's office, asked county prosecutors to charge four people with misdemeanors after interrupting a class and harassing the senator in a bathroom, said ASU police spokesman Adam Wolfe, according to an Arizona Mirrorreport Thursday.
Maricopa County prosecutors are considering the request, KTAR News reported.
70% of Arizona's Democratic primary voters disapprove of Sen. Kyrsten Sinema: poll
The poll also found that Sinema would lose overwhelmingly to a variety of potential Democratic challengers, including Rep. Ruben Gallego.The poll found that 70% of potential Arizona Democratic primary voters - made up of both registered Democrats and independents - disapprove of the work Sinema is doing as a senator. The first-term lawmaker has refused to back the $3.5 trillion social spending bill essential to President Joe Biden's agenda for reasons that remain unclear.
Activists from the group Living United for Change in Arizona followed Sinema into a bathroom on campus where she had been teaching a class on Oct. 3.
Sinema, a lecturer at ASU's School of Social Work, was on the receiving end of wrath from many far-left groups and Democrats due to her opposition to the original $3.5 trillion price tag of the Democrats’ go-it-alone sweeping budget reconciliation and social spending bill. In the evenly divided Senate, the legislation needs her vote to pass.
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In several videos posted to Twitter, the protesters can be heard and seen encouraging the senator to support the spending proposal. Specifically, the protesters talk about the need for better "solutions" to provide a pathway for citizenship to undocumented immigrants in the United States.
Sinema blows up Dems' plans to tax high earners, corporations
“I don't know what the red lines are for one U.S. senator who has an amazing amount of power," Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas) said of the Arizona centrist.As they seek to finalize President Joe Biden’s social spending plan by the end of the week, Sinema (D-Ariz.) remains opposed to one of the party's chief goals of raising tax rates on high-income earners and corporations, a long-sought objective since former President Donald Trump signed his 2017 tax cut law.
The following day, Sinema called their behavior an illegitimate protest and "unacceptable" and "unlawful" as her "environment was breached."
President Joe Biden also criticized the activists cornering Sinema in a bathroom and filming the encounter but dismissed the tactics as common and "part of the process."
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"It is the duty of elected leaders to avoid fostering an environment in which honestly-held policy disagreements serve as the basis for vitriol — raising the temperature in political rhetoric and creating a permission structure for unacceptable behavior," Sinema said in her statement.
The Washington Examiner reached out to the ASU police, Sinema's office, and the Maricopa County Attorney's Office for comment but did not receive a response back.
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