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 TrumpCDC updates website to remove dosage guidance on drug touted by Trump Trump says he'd like economy to reopen 'with a big bang' but acknowledges it may be limited Graham backs Trump, vows no money for WHO in next funding bill 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 ScottThe Hill's 12:30 Report: US braces for 'hardest' week yet How much damage? The true cost of the Senate's coronavirus relief bill Senate unanimously passes T coronavirus stimulus package MORE’s (R-S.C.) role in creating it, while her colleagues, Sens. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandStates battle each other for equipment in supply chain crunch The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden struggles to stay in the spotlight Biden fights for attention in coronavirus news cycle MORE (D-N.Y.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHillicon Valley: Schiff presses intel chief on staff changes | Warren offers plan to secure elections | Twitter's Jack Dorsey to donate B to coronavirus fight | WhatsApp takes steps to counter virus misinformation WhatsApp limiting message forwarding in effort to stop coronavirus misinformation The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Dybul interview; Boris Johnson update 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 TlaibDemocrats eye additional relief checks for coronavirus 20 House Dems call on Trump to issue two-week, nationwide shelter-in-place order Pressley, Tlaib introduce bill providing .5B in emergency grants for the homeless 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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