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  •  Here's a listing of her bad votes (5+ / 0-)

    Here are some of the terrible votes by Sinema and Barber. Not all , just some. (Most of the language below is pulled from the diaries, so h/t to each author):

    Both joined in when the House voted to call on Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special counsel to investigate the "targeting" of Tea Party groups by the IRS.

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    She was one of only 31 Democrats who voted against Rep. Rush Holt's amendment to appropriate $2.5 million to re-institute the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), offset from funds in the House Historic Buildings Revitalization Trust Fund. The OTA was created in 1972 to provide unbiased analysis of complex scientific and technical issues.

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    Barber was one of 18 Democrats who voted against an appropriations amendment to allow VA hospital doctors to discuss the use of medical marijuana with patients.

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    They both, along with 29 other Democrats, joined the GOP in voting against the Democratic caucus's budget.

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    Both joined 16 other Democrats in voting to pass the deceptively titled Save American Workers Act. The bill would eliminate language in ACA that defines a full-time employee as anyone working 30 or more hours a week, and replace it with a 40-hour requirement instead.

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    Both, along with 14 other Democrats, voted to pass the Budget and Accounting Transparency Act, which would require the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to use "fair value" estimates for the cost of all government loan programs as opposed to the direct costs themselves. "Fair value" estimates apply the same risk factors that a private business might apply to making a loan. Considering that the government is not a private business, such estimates end up overstating the cost of the programs and, thus, the size of the federal deficit.

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    Both voted in favor of delaying the implementation of the penalty for failure to comply with the individual health insurance mandate. Only 25 other Democrats voted with them.

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    Both supported a bill designed to increase corporate influence over federal regulations. Only 15 other Democrats voted in favor.

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    Another bill which they voted for, and which had the support of 39 other Democrats, was a collection of Republican proposals to roll back environmental restrictions on the use of federal land.

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    They both joined the cut to food stamps.

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    They voted to exempt private equity firms from financial regulations enacted by the 2010 Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (aka "Dodd-Frank"). They were joined by 34 other Democrats.

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    70 House Democrats voted with the GOP to undo the part of Dodd-Frank financial reform law that prevents banks from engaging in risky derivatives trading with funds insured by government programs like deposit insurance. Sinema and Barber were 2 of the 70.

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    During the shutdown, they both voted with a Republicans to fund pieces of the government, like the National Parks Dept.

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    During the defense appropriations amendment process, Adam Schiff proposed an amendment that would sunset the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) with the end of our combat role in Afghanistan, i.e. December 31, 2014. Both Sinema and Barber voted against it, along with 37 other Democrats.

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    the Amash-Conyers amendment (i.e. the amendment to curb the blanket surveillance powers of the NSA) failed 205 to 217. If seven votes had flipped, it would have won. 111 Democrats and 94 Republicans voted in favor of the amendment. 134 Republicans and 83 Democrats opposed it. A majority of the House Democratic caucus supported the amendment even though the President was lobbying heavily against it.  Both Barber and Sinema voted against it.

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    Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. -Thoreau

    by CenPhx on Thu May 08, 2014 at 07:39:20 PM PDT

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    •  Excellent research! (2+ / 0-)
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      CenPhx, dobleremolque

      I refuse to subscribe to the 'political expediency' game, where GEE even though they vote R consistently, HEY LOOK they have a D after their name, so GO TEAM!

      It's our duty to hold our politicians accountable to fight for our causes and follow our Party's goals - if we don't, then what the eff is the point?

      Pistachios are like our politics - when the two sides are divided, that's when the nuts come out! - Stephen Colbert

      by Fordmandalay on Thu May 08, 2014 at 09:35:17 PM PDT

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      •  My rep is Schweikert (palm hitting forehead now) (1+ / 0-)
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        bobinalaska

        and he has a job for life barring a bed-dead-girl-live-boy occurrence, so I donated generously to Barber, Sinema, and Kirkpatrick in the lead up to election day 2012, since I felt it was the only way to have my voice heard in a way.  I even volunteered to be a poll monitor for a progressive organization in what became Sinema's district.

        I have yet to send a dime to Barber and Sinema this go-around, and I don't know if I will.  In general, I do believe in the reality that a liberal firebrand can't get elected in these right tilting districts.  But I also feel, on a visceral level, deep disappointment in these dems, who vote like pseudo-republicans, and I see how it makes me totally unmotivated to support them.  I know there are many Arizona democrats who worked way harder than I did to elect these reps.  Crap like this Benghazi vote must make them absolutely scream!

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