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Democrat gives standing ovation to Trump comments on opportunity zones

Democrat gives standing ovation to Trump comments on opportunity zones
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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) was one of the only Senate Democrats to visibly give a standing ovation as President TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE in his Tuesday State of the Union address discussed the “opportunity zones” created in the GOP tax reform bill.

Sinema stood and applauded as Trump touted the program and Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottDemocrats lead in diversity in new Congress despite GOP gains The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Capital One - Pfizer unveils detailed analysis of COVID-19 vaccine & next steps GOP senators congratulate Harris on Senate floor MORE’s (R-S.C.) role in creating it, while her colleagues, Sens. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandDemocratic senators urge Facebook to take action on anti-Muslim bigotry Social media responds to Harris making history: 'I feel like our ancestors are rejoicing' Ocasio-Cortez says she doesn't plan on 'staying in the House forever' MORE (D-N.Y.) and Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisThe Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation Biden can rebuild trust in our justice system by prioritizing prosecutorial reform Harris says she has 'not yet' spoken to Pence MORE (D-Calif.), remained seated next to her.

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Sinema, a centrist Senate Democrat, was threatened with censure last year by the Arizona Democratic Party, which introduced a resolution accusing her of “failing to support the tenets of the 2016 Democratic Party platform.”

The opportunity zone program grants capital gains tax breaks to investors in designated economically distressed areas. The idea was initially put forth in standalone legislation with bipartisan support, but congressional Democrats have been increasingly critical of the program as enacted, with some saying it lacks necessary safeguards.

Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibBiden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far Democrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks GOP congresswoman-elect wants to form Republican 'Squad' called 'The Force' MORE (D-Mich.), who has introduced a bill to repeal the program, called the tax breaks "just another corporate handout that don't actually help the communities that desperately need resources" in a tweet during the address.

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