Tuesday, March 26, 2019
ARIZONA'S POLITICAL SHORTS: Biggs, Gosar Vote Against GOP Bill To Assist European Nations Diversifying Energy Sources, Passes 391-24 (READ)
Biggs, Gosar Vote Against GOP Bill To Assist European Nations Diversifying Energy Sources, Passes 391-24 (READ)
5:00pm: Arizona Representatives Paul Gosar (R-CD4) and Andy Biggs (R-CD5) voted against a Republican-led bill to encourage central and eastern European nations to diversify their energy sources to protect against Russian coercion. The measure passed last night, 391-24.
The measure provides some financial support, and the CBO estimates that it will cost approximately $500M over five years. Here is the text of the measure, which now heads to the Senate.
Neither Congressman has released a public statement explaining their opposition. We will update if either sends a response.
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Sinema Votes Against Green New Deal, Says Solutions Must Be "Achievable"
4:45pm: Senator Sinema released the following statement about her decision to vote "nay" instead of "present" on the Green New Deal resolution:
"We need to address a changing climate with realistic, achievable solutions. Congress should stop the political games and work together on practical solutions that foster a healthy environment, grow our economy, and help Arizona families get ahead.”
Sinema cosponsored a separate Senate resolution stating that climate change is real and that action must be taken to address the crisis.
Sinema Bucks Party Line To Vote Against "Green New Deal"
2:45pm: Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) joined the Republicans and three other Democrats in voting no on the "Green New Deal". All of the other Democrats voted "present" to show that they were not going to go along with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's show vote. Therefore, the GOP resolution will not be brought to the floor for debate and a vote, by a vote of 0-57.
McConnell's resolution mirrored the one set forth by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the House. The latter has not moved forward, either.
Senators Doug Jones (AL), Joe Manchin (WV) and Angus King (I-ME) were the other three voting with Sinema and the Republicans.
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