At least ten people have been arrested during a protest outside Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema’s Phoenix office
Arizona protest : According to police, ten people were detained during a protest outside the Phoenix office of U.S. Senator Krysten Sinema, D-Arizona, on Tuesday.
Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in front of Sinema’s office, demanding that she support the repeal of the filibuster.
Officers from the Phoenix Police Department’s Community Engagement Bureau were called to the site by a property management and encouraged demonstrators over a megaphone to transfer their behaviour from the private property to a sidewalk, according to a spokesman for Fox News.
“In addition, investigators contacted each demonstrator individually and urged them to leave.
The organisation, however, proceeded to disregard the cops’ requests “Andrew Williams, a spokesman for the company, said “This group of ten adults were sitting in front of a large office suite when they were apprehended without incident shortly after 11 a.m.”
The demonstrations took place the day after Sinema published an essay in The Washington Post in which she expressed her support for the filibuster.
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Sinema wrote, “It’s no secret that I oppose reducing the Senate’s 60-vote barrier.”
“If anyone thought I’d change my mind now that my party controls the Senate, they should know that my approach to legislating in Congress is the same whether I’m in the minority or the majority,” she continued.
Sinema cited examples of times when the Democratic Party did not have a majority in the Senate and used the filibuster to stop initiatives they didn’t like, such as a coronavirus relief bill and police reform legislation just last year.
She also mentioned instances in which the filibuster was used to “defend women’s health, clean air, and water.”
Sinema wrote, “My support for keeping the 60-vote barrier is not predicated on the importance of any particular programme.”
“It’s based on what’s best for our democracy,” said the author.
“The filibuster forces moderation and protects the country from dramatic swings between opposing policy poles,” she continued.
Protesters, on the other hand, demanded that the senator abolish the controversial practise, claiming that it is a legacy of Jim Crow-era laws.
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“We’re here in person to urge you to remove the filibuster because Jim Crow caused so much harm to the Black and Brown communities,” one activist said through a microphone on Tuesday. “And in 2021, we will not allow you to do this to us.”
Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., have broken ranks with other left-leaning senators in their opposition to the filibuster.
“We will lose much more than we gain if we eliminate the Senate’s 60-vote threshold,” Sinema said, repeating points made by then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, in 2017.
McConnell has consistently rejected requests from then-President Trump to repeal the filibuster, claiming that doing so would “fundamentally disrupt the way the Senate works.”
Sinema reminded readers that at the time, McConnell was joined by 31 Democrats in criticising Trump’s efforts to repeal the filibuster.
Sinema could not be reached for comment by Fox News.