Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, who was a member of the Green Party before 2004, was one of seven Senate Democrats (and one Independent) who voted with all 50 Republicans today to kill debate on consideration of an increase in the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. The motion was to amend the Coronavirus Relief package, which is currently before the Senate. The Senate parliamentarian has previously held the minimum wage increase cannot be a part of the Coronavirus bill under the agreed upon Senate rules. After the vote, on the floor of the Senate, Sinema made a thumbs down gesture in allusion to the gesture the late Senator John McCain of Arizona made while voting down a repeal of Obamacare in 2017.
I too like to give a big thumbs-down to federal overreach that would price low-skill workers out of the market.
Kyrsten Sinema was 100% right.pic.twitter.com/FMCgcrKGu4
— Kylee Zempel (@kyleezempel) March 5, 2021
On Twitter, Sinema posted the following note about her vote:
As a member of the Green Party, Sinema worked on the 2000 presidential campaign of Ralph Nader. She ran as the Green Party- backed Independent candidate for Arizona House of Representatives in 2002, finishing in third place with 8 percent of the vote. Two years later she joined the Democratic Party and won election to the Arizona House. She described herself as the most liberal member of the body in 2006. She was elected to the Arizona Senate in 2010, the US House of Representatives in 2012, and the US Senate in 2018. She is now considered one of the most moderate Democrats in the Senate.
Earlier today the Green Party tweeted the following about the minimum wage amendment:
Democrats *can* overrule the Senate parliamentarian and pass a $15 minimum wage.
If they don't, it's because they *choose* not to, because they don't *want* to, because their Wall Street *donors* don't want them to.
This is why we need a party that isn't funded by Wall Street
— Green Party US 🌻 (@GreenPartyUS) March 5, 2021