U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), accused of blocking President Joe Biden’s agenda on climate change, infrastructure, and the social safety net, is being accused of being more comfortable talking to her Republican colleagues than to her own constituents.
In a video that’s gone viral on social media, garnering over 1.5 million views in under 24 hours, the former Green Party candidate turned conservative lawmaker can be seen walking with hard core conservative U.S. Senator Tim Scott, Republican of South Carolina, through an airport.
While Senator Scott is rumored to have White House ambitions, Senator Sinema may want to be concerned about holding on to her current job.
Earlier this month The Guardian describes her, along with fellow Biden agenda blocker Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), as “DINOs,” Democrats in Name Only. It also reports that in Arizona, “Democrats have become weary of Sinema. The state’s Democratic party passed a motion pledging a no-confidence vote if she votes against the bill, while some members are plotting a primary challenge.”
Closer to home, Elvia Díaz in an opinion piece at the Arizona Republic writes, “Arizona Democrats have a few good choices to primary Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, who keeps drawing the ire of her constituents.”
Sen. Sinema did just that on Monday, ignoring a self-identified constituent as she walked with Senator Scott.
The unidentified woman in a video posted by People’s Watch questions Sinema about “the package,” the Biden Build Back Better bills. At one point Sinema accuses the woman of touching her: “Don’t touch me,” to which the woman replies she did not.
“How many times have you met with constituents in negotiations?” the woman asks. “Why won’t you meet with my family, your constituents?”
Sinema ignores the questions but tells Sen. Scott, “I’m sorry about this.”
— People’s Watch (@Peoples_Watch_) October 25, 2021
Many are expressing upset over Sinema ignoring her constituent:
how many Arizonans does it take to get some answers from @SenatorSinema.
— Evan Weber 🌅🔥 (@evanlweber) October 25, 2021
tfw your entire job is to listen to your constituents but Big Pharma pays more. https://t.co/avKJ7ojaPz
— Working Families Party 🐺 (@WorkingFamilies) October 26, 2021
Another day, another window into Sinema's narcissism. https://t.co/O5JayWeLrz
— Emma Vigeland (@EmmaVigeland) October 25, 2021
— ry*wri 🦭 (@rywri1) October 26, 2021
Why does she act so victimized by a constituent asking policy questions?
— Devon Hill (@DevonHill95) October 26, 2021
For someone who loves attention, @kyrstensinema seems to dodge the spotlight whenever confronted with constituent issues. Good on you, @chloestryker for holding her accountable! https://t.co/BlT66Rp1X6
— Madison Medeiros (@shmadison) October 26, 2021
Pretty sure this is Example A of the people of Arizona getting ignored.
— CR (@ruin_crimson) October 26, 2021
— Bob Resists🌊 (@ResistsBob) October 26, 2021
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema: The “hooray for me and to hell with you” method of representation. https://t.co/J91a5bObUc
— CajunBlueAZ™ 🌵 (@CajunBlueAZ1) October 26, 2021
.@SenatorSinema .@kyrstensinema does not deserve to be in office. She is simply awful. She cares more about lobbyists than her own constituents. OR the good of the country.
If her constituents have to confront her (non-violently), then they damn well should. https://t.co/I8AxPHImaj
— MJL62 (@mjl62) October 26, 2021
Nothing says “I represent the people” like ignoring them, telling them “Don’t touch me” and apologizing for their general presence. https://t.co/U6RpQExDRR
— Not on My Watch (@Not_onMy_Watch) October 26, 2021
She works for her donors
— Will Sr- Democracy Won 💙❤ (@freshprince84) October 25, 2021
The woman is deplorable. We need someone to primary her. https://t.co/iKCO45xqCh
— 🌊💙 VOTE BLUE IN 2022 💙🌊 (@RobertLHarper02) October 26, 2021
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Every House Republican But One Just Voted to Shut Down the Federal Government
212 House Republicans – all who voted but one – voted to shut down the entire federal government Thursday evening. It was an act that would have massive implications for many Americans, especially during the coronavirus pandemic, amid the emergence of a new variant, and as the holiday travel season quickly approaches.
The continuing resolution passed 221-212 thanks solely to Democrats and Republican Adam Kinzinger.
U.S. House PASSES CR funding government through February 18, 2022, 221-212.
Goes now to the U.S. Senate.
Current spending authority expires Friday at Midnight ET. pic.twitter.com/HGANxhoOCF
— CSPAN (@cspan) December 2, 2021
Republican U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia “was speaking for virtually her entire conference,” Axios reporter Andrew Solender said in a tweet, when she demanded, “shut it down.”
“This government should be shut down,” Greene angrily cried . “Do not pass this CR. Shut it down.”
“Because the people in here cannot control themselves,” she continued, claiming they “don’t understand how to balance a checkbook.”
The crisis is not yet over. The bill now heads to the U.S. Senate, where a small group of Republicans, and currently it appears Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, are demanding Democrats “defund” President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate.
Watch: Marjorie Taylor Greene Calls for Government Shutdown Because ‘The People in Here Cannot Control Themselves’
Congress has about 30 hours to pass a continuing resolution (CR) to allow the federal government to stay open past Friday midnight. And while nearly everyone is on board, from President Joe Biden to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and even Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, some powerful members of Congress are trying to prevent the CR from passing.
They include Republican Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee and Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, who oppose vaccine mandates and are trying to include an amendment to “defund” President Biden’s executive order.
And then there’s Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, who just wants to shut it down.
Literally, those were her words: “shut it down.”
“This government should be shut down,” Greene said minutes ago on the House floor, as Punchbowl News’ Jake Sherman reports. “Do not pass this CR. Shut it down.”
Why is Greene demanding a full federal government shutdown?
“Because the people in here cannot control themselves,” declared Greene, who was stripped of all her committee assignments almost immediately upon being sworn in to Congress. “The people in here don’t understand how to balance a checkbook.”
“This government should be shut down.”
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) rails against the national debt and endorses a government shutdown. pic.twitter.com/NhP7aFOObl
— The Recount (@therecount) December 2, 2021
According to information from the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget shutting down the federal government could force TSA and air traffic controllers to work without pay, and could halt new applications for federal assistance like Medicare, and halt EPA and FDA inspections – possibly leading to massive illness on top of the coronavirus pandemic, amid the emergence of the new omicron variant.
That’s just for starters.
New mortgage and loan approvals could be halted as the IRS would be unable to verify Social Security numbers, and people who receive food stamps could lose that vital source of funds.
Joe Manchin Appears to Be Siding With Republicans Who Are Pushing to Shut Down the Government Over Vaccine Mandates
‘Quickly Turning Into a Joe Manchin Rodeo’
U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is being described as the necessary and “most likely” the “51st vote” for shutting down the federal government over President Joe Biden’s vaccine “mandate.” Republicans, especially Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, are working to pass an amendment that would ban vaccine mandates nationwide, in exchange for voting to keep the federal government open, just weeks before Christmas.
Sen. Mike Lee, a far right pro-Trump Christian conservative from Utah, “wants an amendment to strip money from vax mandates at 50-vote threshold.” says Punchbowl News co-founder Jake Sherman. “If he gets it, he’ll consent to speed up proceedings, which would likely — almost certainly — avoid a shutdown.”
If he doesn’t, it’s possible the federal government could shut down on Friday.
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) joins the growing list of Republicans who are calling to shut down the government over vaccine-or-testing mandates. pic.twitter.com/ffMddGpT1A
— The Recount (@therecount) December 2, 2021
The Washington Post’s Mike DeBonis says “as with most things round these parts, this is quickly turning into a Joe Manchin rodeo.”
CNN’s Manu Raju adds that Sen. Manchin “doesn’t rule out supporting [an] amendment to DEFUND vaccine mandate on businesses. This is why Republican Sens. Marshall and Lee are demanding a 51-vote threshold. Says he backs mandate on feds but tells us he’s ‘less enthused’ with business mandate.”
At CNN Raju and other reporters explain the situation:
Key negotiators from both parties announced a plan Thursday morning that would keep the federal government funded, but due to Senate rules governing procedure, all 100 senators would need to agree in order to quickly pass the plan before Friday, and a handful of GOP senators are standing by their threats to delay the process over the vaccine rules.
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