KYRSTEN SINEMA  (D-AZ)

Current Democratic U.S. Senator of Arizona

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  • In 2021, Sinema opposed prescription drug pricing reform proposals. [1] She is also one of the largest beneficiaries of pharmaceutical PAC donations, and she voted repeatedly to undermine the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). [2][3]

  • In 2021, Sinema announced her strong opposition to eliminating the filibuster. [1]

  • In 2021, Sinema "became the first-ever lawmaker to argue with White House aides when they asked her to wear a face mask in the company of the president." [1]

  • Despite her past activism, in 2019, Sinema was one of four Democratic-caucusing senators to join all Republicans in voting against the Green New Deal. [1]

  • In 2015, Sinema was one of just seven House Democrats to vote in favor of a GOP-backed bill to repeal the estate tax, a top priority of the ultra-wealthy. [1]

  • Sinema has one of the most conservative voting records in the Dem caucus, [1] and she has cited U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) as a role model. [2]

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Kyrsten Sinema (D)

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Kyrsten Lea Sinema

July 12, 1976

Brigham Young Univ. (BA)

Arizona State Univ. (JD, PhD)

Politician

Democrat, Center-Right

[div] Blake Dain (1995-1999)

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  • In 2003, Sinema said, "[Joe Lieberman's] a shame to Democrats... I don’t even know why he’s running. He seems to want to get Republicans voting for him—what kind of strategy is that? He's just pathetic." [1]

  • Sinema has said many times that she used to be "homeless". When questioned, she later elaborated, explaining that when she was a child, for two years her family lived in an abandoned gas station with "no toilet or electricity" and "no running water". [1] However, she later told the Washington Post “we had a toilet,” and the Post noted drily, “How that toilet was flushed with no running water, she wouldn’t say.” [2When the New York Times pointed out that Sinema’s parents had told a judge at the time that they were paying monthly bills for gas, electricity, and phone service (seemingly making her previous story unlikely), Sinema replied, “Oh gosh, I don’t have an answer for that.” Additionally, in the Washington Post, Sinema's Step-Aunt said about her alleged back-story: “I realize this tugs at people’s heartstrings and that was what she was going for, but, you know, it’s not the truth.” [3]

  • In 2006, Sinema told a radio host that she was "the most liberal member of the Arizona State Legislature". [1]

  • In a 2006 interview, Sinema was asked about "new feminism" and responded, "These women who act like staying at home, leeching off their husbands or boyfriends, and just cashing the checks is some sort of feminism because they're choosing to live that life. That's bullshit. I mean, what the fuck are we really talking about here?" [1][2] After facing criticism, Sinema apologized and said the interview format was intended to be a "lighthearted spoof": "I was raised by a stay-at-home mom," she said. "So, she did a pretty good job with me." [3]

  • Sinema refused to support the successful effort to recall Republican Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce, saying she "love[d] him" and thought he should "run for Congress": "I love Russell, we get along very well, not always on policy matters, but on personal matters we do." [1][2][3] However, Russell Pearce is an extreme anti-immigrant activist, [4][5] who was responsible for Arizona’s infamous “papers please” law, and was openly friends with a neo-Nazi. [6]

  • In September 2021, during a fundraiser with Republican-friendly business groups, Sinema praised Republican Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), who has faced calls for an ethics and criminal investigation after promoting the false narrative of a stolen election in 2020. Sinema described him as a “dear friend”, and also said, “I love Andy Biggs... I know some people think he’s crazy, but that’s just because they don’t know him.” [1] Biggs has also endorsed a variety of far-right extremists, including Marjorie Taylor Greene, Jody Hice, and Jim Jordan. Furthermore, during the aforementioned 2021 fundraiser, Sinema also said, "I come from a fiscally conservative state... And I’m interested in maintaining pro-growth tax policies that ensure that we can get through this pandemic without losing ground... Arizonans don’t like taxes, and we don’t really like government. We love our country. And we love our military. And that’s about where it ends." [2]

  • In a 2003 opinion piece, Sinema declared that Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush were "the real Saddam and Osama lovers".[1]

  • In 2002, The Arizona Republic published a letter from Sinema criticizing capitalism: "Until the average American realizes that capitalism damages her livelihood while augmenting the livelihoods of the wealthy, the Almighty Dollar will continue to rule". [1] Meanwhile, less than three years later, she would describe herself as a “Prada socialist.” [2]
  • According to Elle, "her first public comment as an elected official came in 2005, after a Republican colleague's speech insulted LGBT people: 'We're simply people like everyone else who want and deserve respect', she passionately declared. Later, when reporters asked about her use of the first person, Sinema replied, 'Duh, I'm bisexual.'" [1] However, in 2012, when running for the U.S. House, Sinema said she did not remember that coming out and declined to discuss the significance of being the first openly bisexual member of the House. [2]
  • When asked on a local radio show whether she would oppose someone joining the Taliban and fighting on its behalf, Sinema responded, "Fine... I don't care if you want to do that, go ahead." [1]
  • In the summer of 2018, Sinema said that she would vote against Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) for Minority Leader if elected to the U.S. Senate: "The Democratic leadership has failed Democrats across the country," she said. "I am unafraid to say what I believe about what I think our party needs to do and I think our party needs to grow and change." [1]
  • Sinema described her first Arizona legislative session, saying, "For the first several months, I was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, coming to work every morning full of vim and vigor, ready to face off for justice—which made me rather annoying. I'd stand up four or five times a week on the floor of the house and give scathing speeches about how this bill and that bill were complete and utter travesties of justice, and the paper would capture one or two of the quotes, and then we'd vote on the offending bills and they'd pass with supermajorities. I'd get righteously indignant and head back to my office, incensed that my colleagues could not only write but actually support and vote for such horrid policies! Meanwhile, everyone else went to lunch. In short, my first legislative session was a bust. I'd spent all my time being a crusader for justice, a patron saint for lost causes, and I'd missed out on the opportunity to form meaningful relationships with fellow members in the legislature, lobbyists, and other state actors. I hadn't gotten any of my great policies enacted into law, and I'd seen lots of stuff I didn't like become law. It was just plain sad." [1]
  • Arizona State Senator Steve Gallardo (D-Phoenix) believes Sinema shifted her political beliefs to run for Congress, and he said about Sinema: "What I saw was she drifted away from her positions, she would do whatever to be elected... She would tell you what you wanted to hear." [1]
  • “That is what prompted me to run for office, to be the voice of the forgotten middle and working class,” Sinema had said upon winning her election. “The rich and powerful have a voice — trust me, I get badgered by their lobbyists all the time and I’m good at saying ‘no.’ It’s the rest of us who are now not getting heard because of the special interests.” [1]
  • In a 2010 speech to a gathering called Netroots Nation, Sinema cheerfully quoted a Daily Show quip and called Arizona the “meth lab of democracy...” adding that “I’m happy to steal it and use it all the time." [1]
  • Despite previously dismissing private donations as literal “bribery,” in 2012, Sinema proudly told Chris Hayes, " I spend a lot of time fundraising". [1] Americans for Financial Reform puts the total amount of her contributions from the wider finance sector for 2017–2018 alone at over $2.7 million, placing her in the top ten among all of Congress for the sector. [2]
  • In January 2022, Martin Luther King III criticized Sinema for doubling down on her stance on the Senate filibuster, saying history will remember her "unkindly": "She's siding with the legacy of Bull Connor and George Wallace instead of the legacy of my father and all those who fought to make real our democracy," King added. [1]
  • In April 2022, Sinema gave a speech to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), a koch-backed business lobby group, during which she criticized progressives for "cheap political attacks" and thanked the lobbyist group for helping stop Biden's Build Back Better bill. [1]
  • After getting her law degree, Sinema said in 2006 that she worked as a "defense attorney who represents murderers". [1]
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  • Sinema voted against repealing the Affordable Care Act, [1] but has repeatedly voted to undermine the law. She joined the GOP twice to vote for delaying the individual mandate at the heart of the law, [2] voted to allow insurance companies to keep offering plans that didn’t meet the law’s new standards, [3] voted to repeal the law’s tax on health insurers (a bill she introduced), [4] voted to enlarge the size of firms who could count as small employers, and voted to repeal the medical device tax. [5][6][7]

  • According to the authors of "This Will Not Pass", in the spring of 2021, Sinema "became the first-ever lawmaker to argue with White House aides when they asked her to wear a face mask in the company of the president, repeatedly asking why that was necessary when she had been vaccinated." [1]

  • In 2021, Sinema opposed prescription drug pricing reform proposals in House and Senate versions of a Democrat-crafted spending bill. On October 8, 2021, Jacobin reported: "Early last month, a corporate front group called Center Forward purchased $600,000 worth of television and radio ads promoting Sinema in Arizona. The ads touted her "independence" and characterized her as "a bipartisan leader" in the mold of the late senator John McCain. FYI Center Forward has been heavily bankrolled by Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), the powerful Washington drug lobby. Two Center Forward board members lobby for PhRMA, as well as drugmakers Amgen, Bayer, Gilead Sciences, Eli Lilly, Merck, Novartis, and Sanofi. A few days after the ad campaign started, Sinema informed the White House she opposed the party’s drug pricing plan." [1]

  • Observers have noted that Sinema is one of the largest beneficiaries of pharmaceutical political action committee money in Congress, and has been described as a "Pharma Favorite". [1][2] KHN reported: "For the 2019-20 election cycle through March, political action committees run by employees of drug companies and their trade groups gave her $98,500 in campaign funds, Kaiser Health News’ Pharma Cash to Congress database shows. That stands out in a Congress in which a third of the members got no pharma cash for the period and half of those who did got $10,000 or less." [3]

  • Sinema's previous fundraising haul was "twice that of Sen. Susan Collins of Maine... And approached that of fellow Democrat Steny Hoyer, the powerful House majority leader from Maryland." Senator Bernie Sanders indirectly called Sinema out, saying: "Take a hard look at those people who are opposed to strong legislation to lower the cost of prescription drugs, and take a look at their campaign-finance reports. See where they get their money, how many of them get their money from the pharmaceutical industry, and the executives there. And I think there will be a direct correlation." [1]

  • Speaking about healthcare policy, Sinema said, "I used to say that I wanted universal health-care coverage in Arizona, which went over like a ton of bricks. Turns out, Arizonans hear the word 'universal' and think 'socialism'—or 'pinko commie'. But when I say that I want all Arizonans to have access to affordable, quality health care, Arizonans agree wholeheartedly. Same basic idea, different language." [1]

  • On October 18, 2021, Politico reported: "Democratic Sens. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Joe Manchin of West Virginia raked in cash last quarter from a bevy of corporations, executives and lobbyists working to pare back the Democratic reconciliation package that Sinema and Manchin have also been vocal opponents of, according to their latest campaign finance filings.... Sinema, who has emerged as the leading Democratic opponent in the Senate to her party’s drug pricing proposal, received more than $27,000 from PACs of pharmaceutical companies, including Astellas, Sunovion, Takeda, Horizon, Eli Lilly, Abbvie, Alexion and Lundbeck during that time—which POLITICO’s Hailey Fuchs reports is up from $5,000 in the three months prior....Sinema also hauled in money from top pharma leaders like Gilead Chief Executive Daniel O’Day, who gave $5,000. Eli Lilly Chief Executive David Ricks, Merck board Chair Kenneth Frazier and Bristol Myers Squibb Chair and Chief Executive Giovanni Caforio all maxed out to Sinema, while Genentech Chief Executive Alexander Hardy gave $2,500. A pair of in-house lobbyists for PhRMA, Jennifer Bryant and Anne Esposito, and Debra DeShong, the drug lobby’s executive vice president for public affairs, all gave $1,000....Sinema also received donations from the tobacco industry, which has set its sights on tobacco and nicotine taxes that House Democrats proposed to help pay for the bill. The PAC for the National Association of Truckstop Operators, a group whose membership includes tobacco companies and which has fought the proposed taxes, gave Sinema $5,000 and Manchin $2,500. James Haslam, the chief executive of truckstop chain Pilot Flying J and secretary of the Truckstop Operators, gave $2,900 to both Manchin and Sinema, despite typically contributing heavily to Republicans. John Hoel, an in-house lobbyist for tobacco giant Altria, gave Sinema $500, while The Cigar Association of America’s PAC donated $1,000." [1]

  • Sinema was one of 24 House Democrats to vote in favor of Kate's Law, [1] a bill that would expand maximum sentences for foreigners who attempt to reenter the country, legally or illegally, after having been deported, denied entry or removed, and for foreign felons who attempt to reenter the country. [2]

  • Sinema voted for the SAFE Act, which expanded the refugee screening process to require signatures from the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Director of National Intelligence for each refugee entering the country.[1][2]

  • Sinema opposed Arizona SB 1070. She has argued that mass deportation of undocumented immigrants is not an option and supported the DREAM Act. Her 2012 campaign website stated that "we need to create a tough but fair path to citizenship for undocumented workers that requires them to get right with the law by paying back taxes, paying a fine and learning English as a condition of gaining citizenship." [1] In July 2018, she broke with her party by voting with Republicans against abolishing ICE. [2]

  • The Federation for American Immigration Reform, a PAC that seeks to limit both legal and illegal immigration, gave Sinema a 33% rating in 2018, and UnidosUS, which supports a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, gave Sinema a score of 88% in 2014. [1]

  • On March 14, 2019, Sinema voted against Trump's National Emergency declaration on border security. [1]

  • On February 4, 2021, Sinema voted against providing COVID-19 pandemic financial support to undocumented immigrants. [1]

  • In 2016, Sinema co-sponsored the Southwest Border Security Threat Assessment Act (H.R. 4482), a bill that calls for border threat analysis of terrorism, smuggling, and human trafficking every five years. [1][2]

  • Since joining Congress, Sinema supported Trump's missile attack on Syria, [1] and, in opposition to her party, voted against the Iran nuclear deal in 2015. [2]

  • In July 2013, Sinema joined a bipartisan majority and voted against an amendment to a defense appropriations bill (offered by Amash) to prohibit the NSA from monitoring and recording details of U.S. citizens' telecommunications without a warrant. [1]

  • In 2013, Sinema co-sponsored Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney's letter, which opposed Saudi Arabia for "the use of torture and capital punishment against the LGBTQ community". [1]

  • On February 5, 2019, Sinema voted for a bill that would make improvements to certain defense and security assistance provisions, authorize the appropriation of funds to Israel, and reauthorize the United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Act of 2015. [1]

  • On March 13, 2019, Sinema voted to remove the United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress. [1]

  • Sinema supports the use of military force to stop genocide, such as in Sudan, Somalia and Rwanda. [1] She wrote a doctoral dissertation on the 1994 Rwandan genocide that Lexington Books published in 2015. [2][3]

  • Sinema was opposed to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and helped organize anti-war protests while a law student at Arizona State University. [1] Sinema was involved in organizing a Phoenix-area group called the Arizona Alliance for Peaceful Justice (AAPJ). According to Josh Lederman of The Hill, "The group's mission statement at the time called military action 'an inappropriate response to terrorism' and advocated for using the legal system—not violence—to bring Osama bin Laden and others to justice." [2]

  • As an antiwar activist in the years after 9/11, Sinema "led a group that distributed flyers depicting an American soldier as a skeleton inflicting 'U.S. terror' in Iraq and the Middle East." The flyers "promoted a February 2003 rally organized by Local to Global Justice, an anti-war group Sinema co-founded". Sinema was described in news reports as an organizer and sponsor of the rally and was listed as the point of contact for the event. One flyer referred to "Bush and his fascist, imperialist war", saying, "Government is slavery", and describing laws as "cobwebs for the rich and chains of steel for the poor". CNN said that such positions were "a contrast from the more moderate profile she has developed since her 2012 election to Congress".[1]

  • In 2005 and 2006, she co-hosted an Air America radio show with 9/11 truther Jeff Farias. [1] In 2006, Sinema said she opposed "war in all its forms", and wrote: "As one of the core organizers against the war from day one (September 12, 2001), I have always and will always continue to oppose war in all its forms." [2][3]

  • After joining Congress in 2012, she said her views on military force had "evolved", and that "you should never take military intervention off the table. When you do so, you give an out to a rogue nation or rogue actors." [1] Lederman reported that "she said she favors aggressive diplomacy, crippling sanctions to combat proliferation, and swift, multilateral intervention as a last resort". [2][3]

  • Despite having a 2018 net worth of $32,500, Sinema's wealth increased by 2022 to approximately $1 million. [1]

  • Sinema has one of the most conservative voting records in the Dem caucus [1] and she has cited U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) as a role model. [2]

  • Despite growing up a Mormon, Sinema has called herself "religiously unaffiliated", and is currently the only openly non-theist member of Congress.[1][2] Sinema also refused to take her oath of office on a Bible, instead choosing to take her oath on a copy of the Constitution. [3]

  • Sinema is the first openly bisexual member of Congress. [1]

  • On January 25, 2021, a spokesperson for Sinema told The Washington Post that she is "against eliminating the filibuster" and "not open to changing her mind" on the issue. [1][2] However, earlier in her career, Sinema expressed enthusiasm about evading the Senate filibuster through the reconciliation process, saying that Republicans at times "never had 60 votes and they managed to do a lot of bad things done during that time" and "the reconciliation process is still quite available and we will use it for good rather than for evil". She also implied that conservative Democrat Joe Lieberman was barely a Democrat, as his vote according to her could not be counted on for Democratic health policy, saying, "some might argue we never had 60, because one of those votes was Joseph Lieberman, but that's whatever—yeah, and Nelson too, but really Lieberman". She concluded, "So now there's none of this false pressure to get to 60... the Democrats can stop kowtowing to Joe Lieberman and instead seek other avenues". [3] On January 22, 2022, the Arizona Democratic Party executive board voted to censure Sinema for voting with Senate Republicans to maintain the filibuster, preventing passage of a voting rights bill. [4]
  • In 2016, Sinema was one of five House Democrats to vote for a Republican-backed bill barring the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from regulating broadband rates. Her vote broke from her party; other Democrats were strongly opposed to the measure, and President Obama said he would veto it if it passed. [1]
  • In 2019, Sinema was the only Senate Democrat not to co-sponsor the Save the Internet Act, which would restore Obama-era regulations preventing ISPs from throttling consumers' website traffic. [1]
  • According to FiveThirtyEight, as of January 2021, Sinema voted in line with Trump's position on legislation about 50% of the time. [1] Additionally, as of October 2021, Sinema has voted with President Biden's position on legislative issues 100% of the time. [2]
  • Sinema voted YES on 2 articles of impeachment against Trump, and she voted to remove Trump from office for inciting the insurrection. [1]
  • Sinema abstained on creating the January 6th Commission to investigate the January 6th insurrection. [1]
  • In 2019, Sinema was one of four Democratic-caucusing senators to join all Republicans in voting against the Green New Deal, a stimulus program that aims to address climate change and economic inequality, while most other Democrats voted "present". [1][2]

  • Sinema opposes a carbon tax and has voted at least five times against imposing any carbon tax. [1][2] Privately, Sinema has also allegedly questioned the need for a methane tax. [3]

  • In April 2019, Sinema was one of three Democrats who voted with Republicans to confirm David Bernhardt, a former oil executive, as Secretary of the Interior Department. [1]

  • On February 12, 2019, Sinema voted along with the whole Senate for the Natural Resources Management Act, which provides for the management of the natural resources of the United States. [1]

  • In 2014, Sinema got a 92% rating by The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO), indicating a tough-on-crime stance. [1]

  • In 2017, Sinema and 47 other House Democrats voted with the majority of House Republicans on H.R. 115, "Thin Blue Line Act of 2017", [1] which was opposed by the ACLU. [2] The bill would "expand the list of statutory aggravating factors in death penalty determinations" to include the killing or targeting of a law enforcement officer, first responder, or firefighter. [3]

  • While working as a spokesperson for the Arizona Green Party, Sinema worked to repeal the death penalty. [1] In her 2009 book, Unite and Conquer, she explained her stance on capital punishment, writing that she opposed it "because I think no civilized society should use it as a punishment", though "since we have the death penalty in Arizona, I want to ensure that it's being implemented as fairly and judiciously as possible". [2][3] According to The Arizona Republic, while serving in the Arizona State Legislature, she introduced more bills regarding the death penalty than bills regarding military or veterans' families. [4] In 2007, she introduced HB 2278, which would require the Arizona Supreme Court to "strike" any prior death sentence and "enter in its place a sentence of natural life", as in life without parole. [5]

  • In the past, Sinema has said that she does not support the death penalty, and that no civilized society should use the death penalty. [1]

  • Sinema favors gun control measures such as requiring background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows, and requiring a license for gun possession.[1] In 2016 the National Rifle Association (NRA), which opposes gun regulations, gave Sinema a 29% rating.[2] In 2018, the NRA gave Sinema a 33% score and the Gun Owners of America gave her a 17% rating.[3]

  • Sinema supports abortion rights. When she was asked about Roe v. Wade, she indicated that the ruling should not be overturned and that she supports a woman's right to choose an abortion.[1] She was endorsed by EMILY's List[2] until she voted with Republicans against changing the filibuster to allow passage of the Freedom to Vote and John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act in January 2022. That vote also cost her the support of the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL).[3] As of 2020, Sinema had a lifetime 100% rating from Planned Parenthood, which is pro-choice, and a 0% rating from the pro-life organization Campaign for Working Families.[4]

  • Sinema supports publicly funding abortions and opposes requiring notarized permission for a minor's abortion. [1]

  • In 2017, Americans for Financial Reform, a progressive nonprofit, found Sinema had voted for 12 of the 19 bills it felt "served the interests or wishes of Wall Street and the financial industry at the expense of the public interest" that year. [1]

  • In 2015, Sinema was one of just seven House Democrats to vote in favor of a Republican-backed bill to repeal the estate tax, which affects about 0.2% of Americans in the U.S. each year (estates of $5.43 million or more for individuals, or $10.86 million or more for couples). [1] That same year, she voted to change the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's leadership from a single director to a bipartisan commission.[2][3]

  • In September 2018, Sinema voted "to make individual tax cuts passed by the GOP [in 2017] permanent". [1] She was one of three Democrats to break with her party and vote for the tax cuts being made permanent. [2]

  • On February 12, 2021, Sinema became the second Democratic senator after Joe Manchin to announce her opposition to including a $15/hour minimum wage as part of a COVID-19 relief bill. [1] On March 5, 2021, Sinema voted against an increase of the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, proposed by Senator Bernie Sanders as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. [2][3] She did so by flashing a thumbs-down, [4] and some commentators compared her demeanor to that of former Arizona senator John McCain, who had voted with a dramatic thumbs-down gesture in 2017; [5] others compared her to former French monarch Marie Antoinette, to whom the phrase "let them eat cake" is attributed. [6][7][8][9] Sinema's office responded that any commentary on her clothes and demeanor was sexist. [10]

  • In 2013, one of Sinema’s earliest actions of significance was to approve a partial rollback of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law, one literally written by Citibank [1] and backed by the Chamber of Commerce, [2] to allow them to trade certain derivatives and still get a taxpayer bailout if it all went wrong. She then made up one of the seventy Democrats to vote for it in the House. [3]

  • In 2013, Sinema voted in opposition with the Obama Administration to pass the Retail Investor Protection Act, a corporate-backed bill to stop a rule preventing firms from giving retirees bad financial advice for their own financial benefit. [1][2] However, by 2015, Sinema appeared to have changed her mind on the bill. [3][4]

  • In 2018, Sinema became one of 33 House Democrats to vote for the Crapo banking bill, sponsored by right-wing Idaho Republican Mike Crapo. Written at the behest of “community banks” like Citigroup, [1] the bill was essentially a sprawling repeal of the Democrats’ Dodd-Frank financial regulatory legislation and relaxed regulations on up to 38 of the country’s biggest banks while weakening consumer protections, including against discrimination. [2][3]

  • In 2015, Sinema became one of four Democrats to vote to give banks, businesses, and credit unions an advisory role on regulations at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). [1] Later that year, she signed on to a letter urging the CFPB to delay enforcement of a rule meant to make loan terms and purchase agreements more comprehensible to homebuyers. [2]

  • Sinema voted YES for the federal stimulus spending. [1] She said: "Raising taxes is more economically sound than cutting vital social services." [2]

  • In 2016, with Republican congressman John Katko of New York, Sinema cosponsored the Working Parents Flexibility Act (H.R. 4699). This legislation would establish a tax-free "parental savings account" in which employers and parents could invest savings tax-free, with unused funds eligible to be "rolled into qualifying retirement, college savings or ABLE accounts for people with disabilities without tax penalties". [1]

  • On July 30, 2019, Sinema and Senator Bill Cassidy released a proposal under which new parents would be authorized to advance their child tax credit benefits in order to receive a $5,000 cash benefit upon either birth or adoption of a child. The parents' child tax credit would then be reduced by $500 for each year of the following decade. [1]

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