Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:
Sen. Sinema boasts of her ability to “work across the aisle” and pass bipartisan legislation. Most of this involves legislation to help veterans, which is not a particularly partisan issue to begin with.
Sinema’s refusal to yield on the filibuster is a stance that cannot be defended by her alleged allegiance to bipartisanship. Successful bipartisanship depends on all parties being mature, rational and willing to negotiate and compromise in the best interests of the American people.
The current Republican Party fails to meet those standards. As the former Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell pledged to block President Obama, and he did, even denying Obama his right to nominate a Supreme Court justice. Now, as Senate minority leader, McConnell has pledged that his focus is 100% “on stopping this new administration.” When a powerful leader of the Senate openly refuses to work with presidents of the other party, how can Sinema cling to a naïve ideal of bipartisanship? The Republicans have been staunch obstructionists for well over a decade now, openly bragging about their refusal to collaborate with Democrats. What more evidence does Sinema need?
We must pass the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. Refusing to end the filibuster ensures the failure of both and, consequently, the failure of our democracy, and, quite possibly, the failure of Sinema to secure a second term.
Arizonans who value their vote should reach out to her at 202-224-4521 and www.sinema.senate.gov/contact and urge her to help end the filibuster so we can protect our voting rights.