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Ducey praises Sinema's steadfast support of the filibuster

Published: Thursday, January 20, 2022 - 3:45pm

Gov. Doug Ducey had high praise for Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema one day after she sided with Senate Republicans to reject a proposed change to the filibuster.

“I want to give Senator Sinema credit for standing up and protecting a Senate rule that she believes in,” Ducey told reporters on Thursday.

All but two Democrats — Sinema and West Virginia’s Joe Manchin — voted for a temporary rule change that would have allowed two voting rights bills to pass with a simple majority.

Sinema says she supports two voting rights bills stalled in the Senate but opposes changes to the filibuster that she argues would “deepen our divisions.”

While Sinema draws praise from some Arizona Republicans for her stance, state and national level progressive organizations are withdrawing their long-standing support and threatening to mount a primary challenge in 2024.

Sinema’s critics say voting rights are more important than her adherence to Senate procedure.