Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona was confronted by protesters on a flight and in the airport about her refusal to support the Democrats’ $3.5 trillion spending bill on Monday, one day after activists barged into a bathroom and filmed her.
The activists asked why she would not support the Biden administration’s “Build Back Better” agenda and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration reform.
At Ronald Reagan Airport in Washington, D.C., Green New Deal Network chief of staff Kunoor Ojha and several others shouted questions at the Arizona senator while she was trying to have a phone conversation.
"Hi, Sen. Sinema? I want to ask if you can explain to the American people what you're planning on cutting from Joe Biden's ‘Build Back Better’ plan?" Ojha asked. "Do you want to cut climate priorities? Is it elder care that you want to cut, or is it child care?"
While on the flight, a young woman named Karina came up to Sinema’s seat to confront her about supporting DACA.
“This is my life and the life of millions,” she said. “Can we get a commitment from you to get a pathway to citizenship?”
Synema did not engage in either of the encounters. She and Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia have drawn ire from the progressive Democrats for holding centrist fiscal positions and refusing to support the bill unless the cost comes down considerably.
In a statement Monday, Sinema hit out at the people who confronted her in the bathroom.
“After deceptively entering a locked, secure building, these individuals filmed and publicly posted videos of my students without their permission — including footage taken of both my students and I using a restroom,” she said.
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Original Author: Virginia Aabram
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