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Kyrsten Sinema on Foreign Policy

 

 


Stick with Iran nuclear treaty until new strategy defined

Q: Iran: Support withdrawal from treaty limiting Iran nuclear capability while lifting sanctions?

Martha McSally (R): Yes. Supports decision "to terminate U.S. participation in this rotten deal."

Kyrsten Sinema (D): No. Withdrawing without defined strategy does not make us safer.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Arizona Senate race , Oct 9, 2018

2007: Divest state pension fund from Sudan to fight genocide

During the spring of 2007, I decided that I was going to do something about Darfur. I was horrified when I learned about the genocide in Darfur. I wondered what influence I could have. I found the Sudan Divestment Task Force. Its entire purpose is to help governments in the US take action to divest their government funds from companies that help perpetuate the genocide in Darfur. What a great idea! As a state legislator, I could draft legislation to divest our state pension funds from those companies that provide weapons, oil, and power to the government of Sudan and thereby make it harder for Sudan to carry out its genocide on the people of Darfur.

By talking to both conservatives and progressives about the bill and earning support from all sides early on, I was able to get every other member of the legislature to sign on to the bill. The bill passed easily, receiving unanimous support from both the House and the Senate, and became the 1st bill signed by Gov. Napolitano in 2008.

Source: Unite and Conquer, by Kyrsten Sinema, p.134-140 , Jul 1, 2009

Cut World Bank funding to enforce against terrorism.

Sinema voted YEA The World Bank Accountability Act

Congressional Summary: HR 3326: World Bank Accountability Act: Requires withholding 15% of appropriation if countries borrowing from the World Bank's International Development Association are not implementing the UN Security Council resolution to impose sanctions on North Korea. Withholds an additional 15% if the World Bank approved a loan to a country designated by the US as a state sponsor of terrorism.

Statement in support by Rep. French Hill (R-AR-2): The World Bank's extravagant and unaccountable spending practices have been in conflict with the values of Americans for far too long. This bill helps put an end to sending hard-earned American dollars to despots and corrupt regimes. [We should instead] see these funds used how they were truly intended, which is to help lift individuals out of poverty and put them on the pathway to success.

Statement in opposition by IssueVoter.org: Opponents say that withholding funds may undercut the credibility and leverage the World Bank has to get reforms enacted and implemented. "America's leadership at the World Bank is 'one of the major tools in our soft power arsenal'". If the U.S. cuts obligations too much, it will cede that power.

Statement in opposition by Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA-6) on Medium.comJan 22, 2018: H.R. 3326 is taking a hammer approach to a multilateral organization that provides support for millions of people in the world's most impoverished countries. It is also concerning that this legislation is being considered at a time when the Trump Administration is actively seeking to back away from any and all international organizations. Additionally, the World Bank is already implementing a series of reforms.

Legislative outcome: Jan. 17, 2018 House Bill Passed 237-184 (Roll no. 24); bill died in Senate committee.

Source: Congressional vote 17-HR3326 on Jul 20, 2017

Two-state solution despite Israeli settlements on West Bank.

Sinema signed two-state solution despite Israeli settlements on West Bank

Congressional Summary: S.Res.6/H.Res.11 objects to U.N. Security Council Resolution 2334, which characterizes Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem as illegal and demands cessation of settlement activities.

Opposing argument: (Cato Institute, Dec. 19, 2003): In principle, separation seems the best answer to stop the killing. For this reason, a security fence makes sense--if it actually separates Jew from Arab. Unfortunately, to protect a number of disparate Israeli settlements erected in the midst of Palestinian communities, Israel currently is mixing Jew and Arab and separating Arab from Arab. Thus are sown the seeds for conflict. After 36 years of occupation, the land remains almost exclusively Arab. The limited Jewish presence is the result of conscious colonization. The settlements require a pervasive Israeli military occupation, imposing a de facto system of apartheid. Separation offers the only hope, but separation requires dismantling Israeli settlements.

Source: Opposing UN Resolution 2334 17-HRes11 on Jan 3, 2017

CC:Keep alliance with Israel.

Sinema supports the CC survey question on supporting Israel

The Christian Coalition Voter Guide inferred whether candidates agree or disagree with the statement, 'The US Should Continue to Support and Stand with the Nation of Israel Against her Enemies ' Christian Coalition's self-description: "Christian Voter Guide is a clearing-house for traditional, pro-family voter guides. We do not create voter guides, nor do we interview or endorse candidates."

Source: Christian Coalition Surve 18CC-17 on Jul 1, 2018

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