How Kyrsten Sinema, Martha McSally and Arizona’s delegation are grappling with shutdown

The U.S. Capitol is seen as people walk and ski along the National Mall on the 23rd day of a government shutdown during a winter storm Jan. 13, 2019 in Washington, DC. – BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP]/Getty Images.


By Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Ronald J. Hansen, | Arizona Republic

Amid the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, most of Arizona’s congressional delegation continues to parrot partisan positions, while the state’s senators have sought to break the stalemate — to no effect at least so far.

With the closure approaching the one-month mark, there are few signs that Democrats or Republicans are ready to yield in the dispute over President Donald Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion for a border security that includes a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Related: Former Sen. Jeff Flake would rather not see Trump impeached

The partial shutdown has thrown Washington, D.C., into political paralysis.

The annual State of the Union speech, for example, has been thrown into doubt.

In Arizona, political allies of Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., are blasting her 2018 rival — Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz. — over the shutdown in new TV ads set to launch Friday for not demanding a vote from her GOP colleagues to reopen the government.


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