Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) was one of the only Senate Democrats to visibly give a standing ovation as President TrumpDonald TrumpUkraine's president compares UN to 'a retired superhero' Collins to endorse LePage in Maine governor comeback bid Heller won't say if Biden won election 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 ScottBiden says he will review executive actions after police reform talks fail Lawmakers say police reform talks are over DOJ announces agencywide limits on chokeholds and no-knock entries MORE’s (R-S.C.) role in creating it, while her colleagues, Sens. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Gillibrand11 senators urge House to pass .5T package before infrastructure bill Hochul tells Facebook to 'clean up the act' on abortion misinformation after Texas law Democratic senators request probe into Amazon's treatment of pregnant employees MORE (D-N.Y.) and Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris unveils 0M commitment to new global health fund Senate advances Biden consumer bureau pick after panel logjam House passes bill to compensate 'Havana syndrome' victims MORE (D-Calif.), remained seated next to her.
Democratic senator Kyrsten Sinema gives a standing ovation after Trump commends GOP Sen. Tim Scott for work on opportunity zones. pic.twitter.com/CPjxbgfIIG— Axios (@axios) February 5, 2020
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 TlaibWHIP LIST: How House Democrats say they'll vote on infrastructure bill Progressive foreign policy should not be pro-autocracy Democratic bill would force Fed to defund fossil fuels 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.
Spoiler alert, Mr. President: opportunity zones are just another corporate handout that don't actually help the communities that desperately need resources. That's why I introduced legislation to repeal them: https://t.co/plcIBSDfwt #SOTU— Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (@RepRashida) February 5, 2020