Protesters gather outside of Sen. Sinema’s Phoenix office after missing Capitol riot commission vote

By Marc Martinez and FOX 10 Staff

A group of Arizonans are calling out Senator Kyrsten Sinema for not showing up for an important vote on Capitol Hill.

Protesters gathered outside of Sinema’s office in Phoenix on May 30 after she did not cast a vote for creating a bipartisan 9/11-style commission to investigate the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

“I’m very disappointed,” said Sharli Schaitberger, one protester. “She’s been missing in action.”

Last week, Senator Sinema released a statement urging her Republican colleagues to pass the legislation.

The measure fell short of the 60 votes it needed to overcome the Republican filibuster.

“I’m very surprised,” said Schaitberger. “I’m very disappointed. I’m very surprised. I really believed that she would be a Democrat. I knew she would be moderate or even a little right-leaning, but I didn’t think that she would just abandon us.”

The Senate vote was 54-35 — short of the 60 votes needed to consider the bill that would have formed a 10-member commission evenly split between the two parties. Lawmakers held the procedural vote Friday morning after delays on an unrelated bill to boost scientific research and development pushed back the schedule.


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June 2021