Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Sinema: Allen’s ad-hoc committee on federal law wasteful

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Arizona continues to face a massive budget deficit under the GOP’s watch, but Republican Sen. Sylvia Allen wants to waste even more time and money by holding an unnecessary and politically-motivated committee hearing on a federal issue.

Allen called the Senate Ad Hoc Committee on the impacts of the new federal health law even though that information already has been disseminated to the public and is a federal, not a state issue.

“This meeting will only reaffirm the positive impact that federal law will have on Arizona after Republicans, including Gov. Jan Brewer, took it away,” said Assistant House Democratic Leader Kyrsten Sinema. “Under the law, insurance companies that prey on Americans every day won’t be able to take advantage of them anymore. Some of those Americans include children with autism and women who have survived breast cancer.”

Brewer and Republicans kicked nearly 400,000 seniors and adults off of health care and eliminated federally mandated and funded health care for nearly 40,000 kids, making Arizona the only state in the nation to do so. (Democrats then restored health care for kids.)

“Arizonans are used to Sen. Allen’s wasteful committees on federal, not state, issues — her ad hoc climate initiatives committee last year solved nothing, but reminded us that she believes the Earth is only 6,000 years old,” Sinema said. “Perhaps Sen. Allen should stop creating government waste and start being a part of the solution.”

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