The Democratic Party in Arizona has unanimously voted to censure Senator Kyrsten Sinema as a result of her failure to do what was best for the country. The announcement from the party came mere days after Sinema went ahead and opposed a change to the rules of the Senate that could have easily moved the voting rights legislation backed by the Democrats forward.
Kyrsten Sinema’s Actions Have Led to her Censure
Raquel Teran, the chairperson for the Arizona Democratic Party, stated that the Party was a diverse coalition with plenty of room for disagreements in policies. However, on the matter of the Senate filibuster and the very urgency to ament and protect voting rights, the Party has been pretty clear on its stand.
In the choice between an archaic legislative norm and protecting the right to vote of the citizens of Arizona, the Party has always chosen the latter, and they always will. The entire debacle took place on Wednesday, when Chuck Schumer, the Senate Majority leader, went on to initiate a vote on changing the rules that would have allowed the Democrats to pass the legislation for voting rights with just a simple majority of votes. However, Democrats such as Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema opposed this bill.
Kyrsten Sinema went on to defend her vote, stating on Thursday that she strictly maintained her longstanding opposition to separate actions that would deepen the divisions and risk the repeated reversals of federal policy, which would further cement uncertainty, and erode the confidence people have in the government.
Kyrsten Sinema further mentioned that the vote that took place that night should not, in any way, be the end of their work to protect the democracy of the country. The goal would require all Americans everywhere to unite against sustained strategies in support of fair, free, and open elections in which every single vote would be fairly counted.