Kyrsten Sinema blasts Democratic leadership over border funding

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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ) blasted Democratic leadership for New York getting funding for handling immigrants from the southern border rather than border communities getting the extra funding.

The $104.6 million grant from FEMA was announced by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) in June. Of the $291 million in funds allocated by FEMA in 2023, only a fraction, roughly $39 million, went to communities in Arizona. The former Democratic-turned-independent senator from the Grand Canyon State told Politico it is “important for people to know” why the Empire State got more funds than Arizona.

“It’s fairly obvious. I don’t know if you noticed, but the announcement about that $104 million came out first, in a joint press release from Schumer and Jeffries — not from the White House or from FEMA. The first news of it broke by their press release,” Sinema said, referring to the amount granted to New York.

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