A climate advocacy group calls Sen. Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaSinema raises funds in Europe as reconciliation talks are “underway”: Warren report: billionaires who “have enough money to shoot themselves into space” will foot the bill for reconciliation To win 2022: Come on big for reconciliation and invest in Latinx PLUS voters (D-Arizona) to explain exactly what she thinks about the Democrats’ climate proposals for their major spending bill.
In a statement shared for the first time with The Hill, Sierra Club Arizona Chapter Director Sandy Bahr called on the senator to clarify her position.
“For Arizona residents and all Americans to have greater clarity on how Senator Sinema is proposing to reduce, add or change the climate-related provisions and funding in the Build Back Better Act, we respectfully ask the senator to either make public her support for full funding of all climate and clean energy programs in the bill, or make clear which policies she believes the people of arizona can happen as the urgency of the climate crisis worsens, ”Bahr said.
The senator expressed support for climate action in an interview with the Arizona Republic last month.
“In Arizona, we know all too well the impacts of climate change … increased forest fires, severe droughts, lower water levels at Lake Mead, damage to critical infrastructure – these are all things we deal with inArizona every day, ”she said. “We know that a changing climate is costing the Arizonans. And right now, we have the opportunity to adopt smart policies to address it – pending that. ”
But the new pressure comes after the senator’s office refuse a recent New York Times Report, who claimed the Democrat wanted to cut climate spending by $ 100 billion.
Bahr said his group was “deeply troubled” by the Times report, but “hopeful” after the senator’s denials.
“Senator Sinema said publicly more than two months ago, before the Senate passed the bipartisan infrastructure bill, that she would not support a bill costing $ 3.5 trillion. In August, she shared detailed concerns and priorities, including dollar numbers, directly with Senate Majority Leader Schumer and the White House, ”LaBombard said at the time.
Senator Bernie sandersBernie SandersSanders blaming the delay in the spending bill on corporate lobbying. (I-Vt.) Also called on Sinema and other opponents on Tuesday to clarify what exactly they want from the bill as a whole.
“It is absolutely incumbent on the two senators and the few opposition MPs to start telling us what they want,” Sanders told reporters.
He specifically said the weather was “long gone” for Sinema and his fellow senator swing Joe manchinJoe ManchinSinema raises funds in Europe as reconciliation talks are “underway”: Warren report: billionaires who “have enough money to shoot themselves into space” will foot the bill for reconciliation To win 2022: Come on big on reconciliation and invest in Latinx PLUS voters (DW.Va.) to state their positions.
“What do they want to cut? Do they want to cut child care services? Don’t they want to negotiate with the pharmaceutical industry? Don’t they want us to be aggressive in terms of the climate, affordable housing or community colleges? ”He said.