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Step up Sinema – abolish the filibuster

FILE - In this June 22, 2021, file photo, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., leaves a closed-door bipartisan infrastructure meeting with a group of senators and White House aides on Capitol Hill in Washington. More than her shock of purple hair or unpredictable votes Sinema is perhaps best known for doing the unthinkable in Washington: spending time on the Republican side of the aisle. Her years in Congress have been a whirlwind of political style and perplexing substance, an anti-war liberal-turned-deal-making centrist who now finds herself at the highest levels of power.(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

But with the filibuster, S1 has no chance of passing. It’s simple: every day Sinema drags her feet on eliminating the filibuster — and every day that fellow Democrats and Biden don’t pressure her to change course — is a day our elected representatives are choosing decorum over democracy.

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Sinema not securing the right to vote

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., waves as she departs after the impeachment acquittal of President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Sinema has the opportunity to persevere and help us take that step this time. We cannot, however, move forward as a state, as a country, or as a democracy so long as Sinema defends this Jim Crow relic that is the filibuster more zealously than she does her own constituents’ right to vote.

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Statehood for D.C.

The dome of the U.S. Capitol is seen in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Arizona’s senators have the power to extend voting rights, congressional representation, and statehood to the 712,000 residents of Washington D.C. this year. Just as veterans and servicemembers live here in Arizona, tens of thousands of us live in our nation’s capital — and they’re depending on you, Senator Sinema and Senator Kelly, to honor their service and do the right thing.

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