Representative Kyrsten Sinema's Public Statements

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Full Name: Kyrsten Sinema
Current Office: U.S. House - District 9, Democratic
First Elected: 11/06/2012
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 9
Primary Aug. 26, 2014
Gender: Female
Family: Single
Birth Date: 07/12/1976
Birth Place: Tucson, AZ
Home City: Phoenix, AZ
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Issue Position: Arizona Budget and Jobs Issue Position: Clean Energy and Environmental Protection Issue Position: Responsible Stewardship Issue Position: Health Care Issue Position: Public Education 8/08/14 Letter to Robert McDonald, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - VA Priorities 8/07/14 Sinema Calls for Swift Implementation of New VA Reform Law 8/01/14 Export-Import Bank Reauthorization 8/01/14 Sinema Urges Congress to Stay until Border Crisis Addressed 8/01/14 Introduction of the Startup Act of 2014 7/31/14 Sinema Statement on H. Res. 676 7/31/14 Sinema Supports Arizona Startups 7/31/14 Letter to John Boehner, Speaker of the House of Representatives - House Should Stay in Session to Address Budget and Other Pressing Issues 7/29/14 Introduction of the VA Bonus Accountability Act 7/29/14 Sinema, Benishek Introduce Bipartisan VA Bonus Accountability Act 7/29/14 Sinema Cosponsors Military Sexual Assault Victims Empowerment Act 7/25/14 Letter to Harry Reid, Majority Leader of the Senate, and John Boehner, Speaker of the House of Representatives - Congress Must Stay in Session Until VA Problems Addressed 7/25/14 Letter to Sloan Gibson, Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs - Sinema Demands Accountability and Protections for VA Whistleblowers 7/24/14 Letter to Chuck Hagel, Secretary of Defense - Certainty for Firefighters 7/24/14 Sinema Joins Bi-Partisan Effort to Combat Human Trafficking and Support Care for Victims 7/24/14 Sinema Stands Up for Students 7/24/14 Empowering Students Through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act 7/24/14 Sinema Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Reduce Spending 7/24/14 Student and Family Tax Simplification Act 7/23/14 Sinema Supports Bipartisan Bill Expanding Personalized, Competency-Based Education at Colleges and Universities 7/23/14 Motion to Instruct Conferees on H.R. 3230, Veterans Access to Care Through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014 7/17/14 Motion to Instruct Conferrees on H.R. 3230, Pay Our Guard and Reserve Act 7/17/14 Sinema Co-Sponsors Legislation to Spur Small-Business Investment 7/16/14 Sinema Supports Charitable Giving 7/16/14 Sinema Stands Up for Women and Consumers 7/15/14 Sinema Votes to Maintain Funding for Vital Arizona Transportation Investments and Jobs 7/15/14 Letter to John Boehner, Speaker of the House, and Pete Sessions, Chairman of the House Committee on Rules - Financial Services Committee Democrats Call for Transparency in TRIA Debate 7/11/14 Sinema Helps Arizona Businesses Invest and Create Jobs 7/10/14 Sinema and Somers Family Work to Prevent Veterans Suicide and Improve Access to Mental Health Care 7/09/14 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Consult Congress on Iran Nuclear Negotiations 7/03/14 Sinema's Commitment to Helping Veterans Continues 6/25/14 Letter to Darren Deering, Chief of Staff VA Health Care System - Bimonthly VA Briefing 6/24/14 Providing for Consideration of H.R. 6, Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act; and Providing for Consideration of H.R. 3301, North American Energy Infrastructure Act 6/24/14 Letter to Sloan Gibson, Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs - VA Whistleblowers 6/20/14 Letter to Slcan Gibson, Department of Veterans Affairs - Sexual Assault Claims 6/20/14 Letter to Sloan Gibson, Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs - VA Care for Victims of Sexual Assault 6/18/14 Appointment of Conferees on H.R. 3230, Pay Our Guard and Reserve Act 6/13/14 Letter to Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency - Greenhouse Gas Reduction Rule 6/12/14 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States- Create Blue Ribbon Commission to Investigate Care Delivery at Department of Veterans Affairs 6/12/14 Letter to John Kerry, Secretary of State, and Michael Froman, U.S. Trade Representative - End Trade Negotiations with Brunei 6/11/14 Sinema's Office to Host Second Veteran Provider Meeting 6/11/14 oday, Congresswoman Sinema's office will host the second meeting of the working group she convened last Thursday to coordinate delivery of immediate services to veterans were failed by the Phoenix VA. Last week, more than 30 leaders representing local community providers, veterans service organizations, Phoenix VA representatives, and other stakeholders convened to coordinate care for veterans still waiting for treatment at the Phoenix VA. Prior to today's meeting Congresswoman Sinema released the following statement: "I'm proud that several steps we called for to address the failures at the Phoenix VA are being implemented and that we have brought decision makers from community providers and veteran service organizations to the table to take immediate action to serve our veterans. "We're working to broaden the VA's use of existing and new community partnerships, a step essential to both reforming the VA system and providing immediate care to veterans failed by the Phoenix VA. I will continue to work until our veterans have access to both short-term and long-term care, and all Arizona veterans receive the care and benefits they have earned." 6/10/14 Sinema Statement on Transportation and Housing Bill 6/10/14 Sinema Statement on Legislation Addressing Wait Times at VA Medical Facilities 6/09/14 Today Congresswoman Sinema met with the Acting Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Sloan Gibson. Following the meeting, Sinema released this statement: Today I learned that 18 veterans died while awaiting care at the Phoenix VA, and that an additional 823 veterans who requested care were never contacted or received care from the VA, going back as far as 2009. The Phoenix VA has attempted contact at least twice with each of these veterans in the last 48 hours, however the fact that these veterans were never previously contacted is unacceptable. The recent actions the VA has taken to address the severe failures of the Phoenix VA are a step in the right direction. Several of these are actions we've called for over the past several weeks. We called on the VA to provide mobile clinics; there is now a mobile clinic outside the VA and two more will be added in the next two to three days. We requested the VA immediately contact these veterans to schedule appointments; the VA is working to contact each of the Arizona veterans awaiting care. We requested a review of Phoenix wait times and wait times nationally; the VA will release a full report Monday and monitoring will continue on an ongoing basis. We asked the VA to have social workers on staff in the Phoenix VA Hospital emergency room; there are now social workers that cover the ER 24/7. We called on the VA to leverage community partners and adjust their contracting, they are taking steps to do both. We've also asked the VA to participate in a meeting with community partners, they are participating today. But there is still very significant work to be done, which is why I presented the Acting Secretary with a specific plan to help the 3,923 Arizona veterans who need care immediately. We must take immediate action to hold VA leadership accountable, get all veterans in front of a doctor or specialist, leverage community partners, fix the scheduling system, and establish effective incentives and oversight at the VA to ensure this never happens again. "I will continue to push until these veterans have immediate access to both short-term and long-term care, and all Arizona veterans receive the care and benefits they have earned."