Wednesday, December 11, 2019

ARIZONA'S POLITICAL SHORTS: Grijalva Lone AZ Holdout On Compromise Defense Bill

5:30pm: Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-CD3) was the lone Arizona Representative to vote against the compromise defense authorization bill that passed overwhelmingly this evening.

The measure passed 377-48 and now heads to the Senate. Grijalva, Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-CD7) and Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) were all members of the conference committee that resolved differences between the two houses (and the Executive Branch) on Monday. (Grijalva was only a conferee for issues relating to his Natural Resources Committee.)

The Congressman has not explained his no vote, but many of the 41 Democrats who voted "nay" felt that liberal priorities were not included in the compromise. 6 Republicans also opposed it, but no Arizona Representatives were in that small group.

Passage in the Senate is expected and President Trump has announced that he will sign it. For more details on the bill, please see this Politico article. Here is a link to the most recent text.

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