- A video of Senator Kyrsten Sinema dramatically indicating her vote “no” on a measure to raise the federal minimum wage to $ 15 outraged progressives Friday.
- Sinema appeared to curtsy when she curtsied to the Senate secretary, prompting some progressives to condemn her for appearing enthusiastic.
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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat from Arizona, dramatically indicated her thumbs-down “no” vote to the Senate Secretary on a measure to raise the federal minimum wage to $ 15 an hour on Friday.
Some progressives attacked the moderate Democrat for seeming enthusiastic about denying tens of millions of Americans. Sinema’s somewhat theatrical move recalled Arizona Senator John McCain’s famous vote against repealing the Affordable Care Act in 2017.
An aide to Democrat Julian Castro tweeted along with a video of Sinema’s vote: “Did Sinema really vote against a $ 15 minimum wage for 24 million people like this?” Representative Mark Pocan, a progressive from Wisconsin, tweeted a statement Sinema made in 2014 supporting an increase in the minimum wage to $ 10.74.
“A full-time minimum wage worker earns less than $ 16,000 a year,” wrote Sinema. “This is a no-brainer. Tell Congress to #RaiseTheWage!”
Pocan commented, “Wow!” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the New York Democrat, retweeted the message.
Sinema was one of seven Democratic senators and one independent who voted against raising the federal minimum wage to $ 15 by 2025 as part of President Joe Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion stimulus package. All 50 Republicans oppose the measure and it looks like it will fail on Friday.
But Sinema and other Democratic senators who rejected the measure have suggested they would be open to passing a higher minimum wage after the relief bill passes.
“Senators from both parties have shown their support for raising the federal minimum wage, and the Senate should conduct an open debate and amendment process on the minimum wage increase, separate from the Covid-focused reconciliation bill,” he said Sinema in a statement.
More than 800,000 people in Sinema’s home state earn less than $ 15 an hour and will be affected by Sinema’s vote, according to a recent study.
—Sawyer Hackett (@SawyerHackett) March 5, 2021
—RootsAction (@Roots_Action) March 5, 2021
—Mark Pocan (@MarkPocan) March 5, 2021