Press Releases

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 11, 2015
Contact: Macey Matthews
Phone: 202-225-9888
Email: macey.matthews@mail.house.gov

Sinema Statement Regarding 35,000+ Veterans Prevented from Enrolling with the VA

PHOENIX - Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema released the following statement regarding reports that over 35,000 veterans were mistakenly denied enrollment with the VA:

"I am outraged that over 35,000 Afghanistan and Iraq combat veterans, 493 in the Phoenix area, were denied enrollment in the VA due to a computer error. I have asked the VA for information about the Arizona veterans so we can get them enrolled immediately. These brave men and women risked their lives for our country and deserve to be treated better. This is unacceptable and must be resolved immediately."

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 7, 2015
Contact: Macey Matthews
Phone: 202-225-9888
Email: macey.matthews@mail.house.gov

Sinema Presents Overdue Service Medals to Arizona Veteran

PHOENIX – Today, Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema presented three Bronze Battle Stars to Arizona veteran PFC Robert Altendorf at a ceremony with his friends and family.

PFC Altendorf contacted Congresswoman Sinema’s office for help obtaining three Bronze Battle stars he earned 70 years ago during World War II, but never received.

“All military members and veterans deserve to have their service recognized and appreciated,” said Congresswoman Sinema.  “These Bronze Battle Stars represent PFC Altendof’s dedication and sacrifice for our country, and I am honored to present him with these medals today.

PFC Altendorf was awarded the Bronze Battle Stars for his participation in the Normandy Campaign, Northern France Campaign, and the Rhineland Campaign in World War II. PFC Altendorf was also awarded the European-African Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbon, Purple Heart, and Good Conduct Ribbon.

Congresswoman Sinema’s Phoenix staff is made up of social workers who assist constituents with military records, VA benefits, federal agency requests, and more.  Click here for more information or call 602-956-2285.


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Phoenix – Today, Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema sent a letter to United States Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell about the Forest Service’s Notice of Intent to round up and impound horses on the Mesa Ranger District of the Tonto National Forest.

“It is the responsibility of the Service to objectively consider all options that allow for wild horses to peacefully coexist, and that removal is not an appropriate action,” said Congresswoman Sinema in the letter.  “On behalf of many of our concerned constituents and thousands of Arizonans, I respectfully request that the Notice of Intent of July 31, 2015 and any subsequent action be withdrawn until alternate proposals have been thoughtfully and thoroughly evaluated.”

The full text of the letter is below. 

 

 

August 5, 2015

 

 

The Honorable Tom Tidwell

Chief

United States Forest Service

1400 Independence Avenue SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-1111

 

Dear Chief Tidwell:

I write regarding a recent Notice of Intent by the U.S. Forest Service (“Service”) to impound horses on the Mesa Ranger District (“District”) of the Tonto National Forest. It is my understanding that public notice was given on July 31, 2015, and that removal of horses from the District is scheduled to begin on August 7, 2015.

I am strongly opposed to the removal of these horses, as are a large number of Arizonans who have contacted our office. I believe it is the responsibility of the Service to objectively consider all options that allow for wild horses to peacefully remain where they live. As such, I join a bipartisan group of Arizonans in respectfully asking that the Notice of Intent of July 31, 2015 and any subsequent action be withdrawn until alternate proposals have been thoughtfully and thoroughly evaluated.

As the evaluation proceeds, I also request answers to the following questions:

1.      Which state and local stakeholders were consulted regarding the proposed Notice of Intent prior to publication?

2.      Is there a current Wild Horse Management Plan on the Tonto National Forest? If so, has there been a public comment process to allow the community to weigh in on the management of the Salt River wild horse population?

Wild horses are a majestic, living reminder of the rugged independence unique to Arizona’s way of life. Any path forward should reasonably ensure the horses remain on the Tonto National Forest while public safety and environmental concerns are addressed through a process that engages all stakeholders.

I appreciate your attention to this matter and look forward to your response. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Michael Wong in my office at 202-225-9888 or at Michael.Wong@mail.house.gov.

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 30, 2015
Contact: Macey Matthews
Phone: 202-225-9888
Email: macey.matthews@mail.house.gov

Sinema Introduces Legislation to Reduce Government Spending

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09) and Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) introduced the Unified Savings and Accountability Act of 2015 (USA Act), bipartisan legislation to cut at least $57 billion in government spending over ten years. 

“Arizonans are sick and tired of Washington’s wasteful spending,” said Congresswoman Sinema.  “This bipartisan legislation eliminates unnecessary spending and government waste.  I will continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to find commonsense ways to reduce the debt, balance the budget, and boost economic growth.”

"America borrows one million dollars every thirty seconds to satisfy Washington's out of control spending habit.  This is insane," said Congressman Robert Pittenger.  "This bipartisan legislation makes common sense reforms to how bureaucrats spend your money and is an important step to restoring fiscal sanity and creating an opportunity economy for all Americans."

Click here for more information on the USA Act.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 29, 2015
Contact: Macey Matthews
Phone: 202-225-9888
Email: macey.matthews@mail.house.gov

House Financial Services Committee Passes Sinema Legislation to Protect Investors, Save Taxpayer Dollars
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Financial Services Committee unanimously passed bipartisan legislation introduced by Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09) and Congressman Robert Hurt (VA-05) to make the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) more efficient by eliminating an obscure and unnecessary reporting requirement.
 
“This annual report is a waste of taxpayer dollars and a paperwork burden that diverts time and resources from protecting investors,” said Sinema.  “I am committed to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to make our financial markets work for Arizonans.”
 
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission protects investors, maintains fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitates capital formation.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 29, 2015
Contact: Macey Matthews
Phone: 202-225-9888
Email: macey.matthews@mail.house.gov

Sinema-Supported VA Accountability Legislation Passes House

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed the VA Accountability Act (H.R. 1994), legislation co-sponsored by Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema, to hold VA employees accountable and improve performance at the VA. 

The bill also includes an amendment offered by Congresswoman Sinema and Congressman Dan Benishek (MI-01) to ensure individual managers are held accountable to fix problems identified by the VA Office of Inspector General (VAOIG).

“It’s ridiculous that two employees responsible for the tragedies at the Phoenix VA have been on paid leave for over a year,” said Congresswoman Sinema.  “It’s wrong that it takes this long to fire people responsible for poor treatment of veterans.  This legislation gives the VA the authority it needs to hold employees accountable, fire bad actors, and put veterans first.”

Congresswoman Sinema spoke on the House floor about her amendment:

Congresswoman Sinema’s full remarks are below:

Thank you Mr. Speaker and thank you Chairman Miller, Ranking Member Brown and Chairman Benishek for your efforts to improve the quality of care and services delivered to our veterans.

The Benishek/Sinema amendment is a commonsense amendment that will bring accountability to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The amendment, based on a bill Dr. Benishek and I introduced called the Demanding Accountability for Veterans Act, requires the VA to address problems identified by the VA Office of Inspector General (VAOIG) and ensures individual managers are held accountable if issues remain unresolved. 

Our amendment requires that in each covered VA Inspector General report the Secretary of the VA assign specific managers who will be responsible for fixing specific problems identified within the IG’s report.

The Secretary must give the responsible managers appropriate counseling and plans of action to resolve each covered issue. Bonuses cannot be paid if a covered issue remains unresolved, and how a manager responds to the challenge will be included in the individual’s performance evaluation.

This is commonsense accountability that will empower good managers and force the VA to address challenges it has too often ignored.

It is unacceptable that issues raised by the VA Inspector General over and over, from wait times to medical staffing, remain unresolved by VA. 

This amendment will hold the VA Secretary and senior management accountable for ensuring these warnings are not ignored again. 

We have a long way to go to change the system and culture of the VA, and I will continue working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure veterans come first.

Again, thank you Chairman Miller and Ranking Member Brown for your leadership and work on behalf of veterans.

And thank you Chairman Benishek for thoughtful, bipartisan approach to fixing the Department of Veterans Affairs.

 

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Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3009, the Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act.  Congresswoman Sinema released the following statement after the vote:

“Arizona is ground zero for our federal government's failure to fix our broken immigration system. Recent events in Arizona and other parts of the country underscore the great need for Congress to act on bipartisan immigration reform.

 “While today's bill is far from perfect, it addresses timely and important issues impacting our citizens' security.

“I have said time and again that Congress must work in a bipartisan way to enact comprehensive immigration reform. We need comprehensive changes that secure our borders, grow our economy, and settle the status of millions of people already in the U.S.”
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 22, 2015
Contact: Macey Matthews
Phone: 202-225-9888
Email: macey.matthews@mail.house.gov

Sinema Participates in Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing Hearing on the Iran Nuclear Deal 
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema participated in the Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing’s hearing on how the Iran sanctions relief included in the Iran nuclear agreement may impact terrorism financing. 








Congresswoman Sinema's full remarks are below:

 
Thank you Chairman Fitzpatrick and Ranking Member Lynch for holding this very important and timely hearing.
 
A nuclear Iran is one of the greatest threats to the security of the United States and to peace and stability in the Middle East.
 
To support this deal, the agreement must end Iran’s nuclear weapons program and strengthen the safety and security of both the United States and our allies in the Middle East.
 
This deal, if Iran does not cheat, prevents Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon for ten to fifteen years. However, I have several concerns about the deal’s structure, planned execution, and broader implications.
 
1. Is the United States confident in the success of the verification regime established by this agreement?
 
2. What is the exact timing of sanctions relief by the United States and by the EU, and once these sanctions are removed, and foreign investment from China, Russia, and Europe flood into Iran, can we be confident that sanctions will snap back into place when Iran cheats?
 
3. What are the broader consequences of this agreement for our security and regional stability, and how will an influx of billions of dollars affect the geopolitical balance in the Middle East?
 
Iran is the number one state sponsor of terrorism and the current regime is a destabilizing force in the region.
 
Taking our most effective sanctions tools, the banking and energy sector sanctions, off the table may significantly limit our ability to counter Iranian aggression, stabilize the region, support our allies, and avoid military conflict.
 
Fundamentally, I seek to understand whether this deal prevents a nuclear Iran for 15 years with long term positive change in the region, or allows Iran to further destabilize the region using financial resources and new non-nuclear weapons while becoming an empowered nuclear threshold state?
 
Over the next several weeks, I will thoughtfully and thoroughly review all details of the agreement and interpretations, including those coming from Iran, of the agreement.
 
Again, thank you Chairman Fitzpatrick and Ranking Member Lynch for holding this hearing and thank you to our witnesses for sharing your expert views with us today.

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Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema joined a bipartisan majority to pass H.R. 3038, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, Part II.  She released the following statement after the vote:

“Improving, expanding, and maintaining Arizona’s transportation infrastructure allows us to compete on a global scale.  This bill stabilizes infrastructure investments until December.  Congress must now find a long-term, bipartisan solution to spur economic growth and provide certainty for Arizona businesses.”

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 16, 2015
Contact: Macey Matthews
Phone: 202-225-9888
Email: macey.matthews@mail.house.gov

Sinema Honored with Friend of the National Parks Award
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema received the Friend of the National Parks Award from the nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) for her work to protect and enhance Arizona’s national parks.
 
“Our national parks are part of Arizona’s most treasured destinations and are vital to Arizona’s economy,” said Congresswoman Sinema.  “I am honored to receive this award and will continue to work with NPCA to support Arizona’s outdoor economy and protect our national parks for generations to come.”
 
“It’s an honor to recognize Congresswoman Sinema for supporting our national parks on the floor of the House during the 113th Congress,” said NPCA President and CEO Clark Bunting. “As the 114th Congress works on policies and funding levels impacting our national parks, I look forward to working with Congresswoman Sinema to ensure national parks have safe roadways, are well maintained, and have the resources they need to thrive for their upcoming centennial.”
 
NPCA’s Friend of the National Parks Award was established in 1999 to track and publicize congressional members’ votes on significant park issues. 

 

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