Rep. Kyrsten Sinema
April 4, 2013
Rep. Kyrsten Sinema will appear on Arizona Horizon to discuss the latest issues facing congress, issues such as gun control and debt reduction.
Representative Kyrsten Sinema won a tough, narrowly decided race to become the newest member of Arizona’s congressional delegation. She serves in district, which covers parts of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler and Mesa. Kyrsten Sinema joined us to talk about a range of issues facing Arizona and the nation.
Rep. Sinema said the House has taken the lead on immigration reform even though it has received less attention recently, and legislation should be coming within the next several weeks. She added that the upcoming legislation covers “border security, future flow,” to address how to let immigrants into work, when and how many people are allowed to come and work in the United States.
One way, Sinema says, to improve border security is to create a future flow for legal immigrants to address how to let immigrants come into work, when and how many, and what to do with immigrants that have already been here working for years.
Sequestration is underway and Sinema says folks will still feel the effects of it in the next coming months as furloughs are being implemented in the military and pay cuts continue across the board.
The continuing resolution passed two weeks ago, Sinema says, will relieve pressure on the military, veterans, the criminal justice system and agricultural communities.
“It doesn’t eliminate the bad stuff but it lessens it. It’s a step forward. It also prevented government shutdowns but there’s much work to do and frankly, we’re still waiting for some bipartisan action here.” Sinema said.
Sinema says she’s working bi-partisanly with House Republicans to figure out a solution to issues like social security, medicare and debt services.
“I’ve got to tell you, everywhere I go in the district, that’s what I hear about. People want us to solve the problems. They don’t care if it’s a Republican or a democratic solution. They want the problem fixed,” Sinema said.
On the issue of gun control, Sinema said there are common-sense actions that can be taken to curbing gun violence including ensuring all firearm purchases happen with a background check.
When asked what her biggest challenge has been since going back to Washington, Sinema said walking from one building to the next has been her biggest challenge.