Sinema and Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge Movement on Bill Strengthening Oversight Over Presidential Emergency Declarations

Oct 21, 2019

WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema joined a bipartisan group of Senators in urging Senate Leaders to allow debate on a bill strengthening oversight over Presidential emergency declarations.

The Senators’ bill—the ARTICLE ONE Act—was approved by the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in a strong bipartisan vote in July, but the legislation has not advanced to the Senate floor.

“It is Congress’s constitutional duty to appropriate funds, and we must protect that power regardless of who is president,” said Sinema.

Article I of the U.S. Constitution establishes Congress and its legislative powers, including the power to appropriate federal funds.

Sinema opposes the current Presidential emergency declaration that cuts $30 million in Congressionally-mandated funding from Arizona’s Fort Huachuca. Sinema has repeatedly joined a bipartisan group of her colleagues in voting to end the emergency declaration and protect Congressionally-mandated military funds.

To full text of the letter can be found HERE.