Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasts Sen. Joe Manchin for ‘weird, patronizing behavior’ after he referred to her as a ‘young lady’

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez; Sen. Joe Manchin

  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed Sen. Joe Manchin after he referred to her as a “young lady.”
  • The New York Democrat called Manchin’s comments “weird” and “patronizing.”
  • Ocasio-Cortez has criticized Manchin over his opposition to Democrat’s $3.5 trillion spending package.
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took a swipe at Sen. Joe Manchin after he referred to her as a “young lady” during a CNN appearance on Sunday.

“In Washington, I usually know my questions of power are getting somewhere when the powerful stop referring to me as ‘Congresswoman’ and start referring to me as ‘young lady,'” the New York Democrat tweeted Sunday evening, hours after Manchin’s interview aired.

“Why this kind of weird, patronizing behavior is so accepted is beyond me!” she added in a follow-up tweet.

Ocasio-Cortez’s comments came after Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, refuted her claims that he is beholden to the oil and gas industry. In a tweet earlier this month, Ocasio-Cortez said that Manchin has “weekly huddles” with ExxonMobil and helps lobbyists draft “fossil fuel bills.”

“I keep my door open for everybody. That’s totally false,” Manchin told CNN of Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks. “And those type of superlatives – it’s just awful. Continue to divide, divide, divide.”

“I don’t know the young lady that well,” he added. “I really don’t. I met her one time, I think, between sets here. But that’s it. So we have not had any conversations. She’s just speculating and saying things because she wants to.”

A number of progressive-leaning House Democrats, such as Ocasio-Cortez, have recently criticized Manchin after he opposed the party’s $3.5 trillion pricetag for a spending package that covers a major chunk President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda.

The proposal aims to boost the country’s social safety net, including historic investments in health care and education with plans for tuition-free community college and Medicaid expansion, among other provisions.

“There’s not a rush to do that right now. We don’t have an urgency. Don’t you think we ought to debate a little bit more, talk about it, and see what we’ve got out there?” Manchin said of the package on ABC News on Sunday.

The moderate senator’s reluctance to embrace the proposal presents a rocky road ahead for Democrats to fulfill their legislative priorities. The party holds narrow majorities in both the House and Senate. Manchin’s support is crucial as Democrats attempt to skirt Republican opposition and approve the trillion-dollar package in a party-line vote through a process called reconciliation. But Manchin has raised objections to the plan, citing concerns over inflation and the federal government’s debt.

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AOC responds to Kellyanne Conway saying she won’t resign from US Air Force Academy board: ‘Don’t let the fascist victim complex hit you on the way out’

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez seen at Jacobi Hospital in the Morris Park neighborhood on June 03, 2021 in the Bronx borough of New York City.

  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez roasted Kellyanne Conway on Twitter on Wednesday.
  • The call-out came after Conway refused to resign from the board of visitors for the US Air Force Academy.
  • On Wednesday, the Biden administration asked several Trump holdovers to resign from military school boards.
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted at former Trump White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, “Don’t let the fascist victim complex hit you on the way out,” after Conway refused to resign from the board of visitors for the US Air Force Academy on Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, the White House Office of Presidential Personnel sent letters to former members of the Trump administration asking them to relinquish their positions on advisory and visitor’s boards for the US Military Academy, the US Naval Academy, and the US Air Force Academy. Those who did not resign would be given the boot.

Those asked to step down included Conway, former press secretary Sean Spicer, and former National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, as well as others.

In response, Conway posted a letter on Twitter, addressed to President Joe Biden, where she stated that she is not resigning from her position on the board of visitors for the US Air Force Academy.

“I’m not resigning, but you should,” Conway signed off in her letter.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez quote-tweeted Conway and responded to her rejection letter.

“A predictable, if not unfortunate, outcome. Clinging onto vestiges of power against the people’s will is kind of your /Trump’s / the GOP’s thing.” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

“When you’re fired, don’t let the fascist victim complex hit you on the way out,” she added.

Conway was a controversial member of Donald Trump’s administration until she left, citing family obligations, in August of 2020.

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AOC and other progressives urge Biden to dump Powell for a more climate-focused Fed chair

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks during an event outside Union Station June 16, 2021 in Washington, DC. Ocasio-Cortez, joined by Rep. Seth Moulton (D-NY) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), called for increased federal funding for high-speed rail in the infrastructure package being discussed on Capitol Hill.

  • Progressives including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez urged Pres. Biden on Tuesday to replace Jerome Powell as Fed Chair.
  • Powell made “positive changes,” but hasn’t done enough to combat climate change and racial inequity, they said.
  • Still, Powell holds broad support from lawmakers and will likely win a second term by February.
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A group of progressive House Democrats is pressing President Joe Biden to oust Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell for a more climate-friendly, equality-focused central banker.

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, Mondaire Jones, and Chuy Garcia urged Biden to “reimagine a Federal Reserve focused on eliminating climate risk and advancing racial and economic justice” in a Tuesday statement. And while Powell helped the Fed make “positive changes” during his nearly four-year tenure, replacing him is key to a more effective central bank, the group added.

“To move forward with a whole of government approach that eliminates climate risk while making our financial system safer, we need a Chair who is committed to these objectives,” the lawmakers said.

The progressives also pushed back against Powell’s stance on bank regulation. The Fed chair “substantially weakened” several of the reforms born out of the financial crisis, even while millions of Americans are still rebounding from the Great Recession, the lawmakers said. Weakening the regulations made to avoid another 2008-like meltdown risks Americans’ livelihoods, they added.

Powell’s term is set to end in February, and the Biden administration is currently mulling whether to keep him in the position. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen – a former Fed chair herself – has told White House advisers she wants to see Powell stay at the central bank. And Biden advisers are leaning toward recommending a second term for Powell, according to Bloomberg.

To be sure, none of the representatives who penned the statement have a vote on Powell’s potential 2022 confirmation. But a few Democratic senators have raised similar concerns with the Fed chair in recent weeks. Senate Banking Chair Sherrod Brown and Sen. Elizabeth Warren knocked Powell in July over his stance on bank regulation, arguing the chair should more rigorously watch over Wall Street. And Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse criticized Powell last week for his “middle ground” stance on climate change.

It’s not just lawmakers hitting back at Powell’s record. A collection of 22 economic, labor, and racial justice organizations wrote to Biden on Monday urging him to consider a Fed chair who better prioritizes climate change, full employment, and fighting systemic racism.

That’s not to say the Fed has been completely silent on the aforementioned issues. Central bank officials have increasingly looked into how the climate crisis endangers the financial sector and the broader economy. And the Fed’s latest framework – rolled out in August 2020 – seeks to create a more inclusive and equitable labor market, even if it involves letting inflation temporarily run hot.

For now, those calling for Powell’s replacement are likely in the minority. The Fed chair has largely enjoyed bipartisan support over his tenure, particularly for his actions during the COVID-19 recession. Powell oversaw the Fed’s March 2020 interest rate cuts and creation of emergency lending programs. His careful communication throughout the pandemic also helped stave off volatility in the financial markets.

Powell is still the most likely pick for Biden’s Fed appointment. But as the deadline for a decision nears, calls for a more progressive central banker are only getting louder.

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750,000 households face eviction by January with possible ‘severe’ public health consequences, Goldman says

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The Maricopa County constable signs an eviction order on October 7, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona.

  • Goldman Sachs projects 750,000 households face eviction by January with potentially “severe” COVID-19 consequences.
  • The Supreme Court struck down the federal eviction moratorium last week.
  • Democrats and the White House are prioritizing fixes to an emergency rent relief program.
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Goldman Sachs projects that landlords could evict 750,000 households by the end of 2021 after the Supreme Court’s recent decision to strike down a federal eviction ban. They also warned there could be “severe” public health consequences from the coming wave of evictions.”

The Goldman analysts estimated 3.5 million households are struggling to catch up on rent, the group said in a note released Sunday. Collectively, those households owe landlords around $17 billion in unpaid rent, Goldman projected.

Goldman wrote that while the coming evictions may dent household consumption and job growth, the public health consequences are probably more “severe” and it may increase virus infections. COVID-19 cases from the Delta variant have surged nationwide, along with hospitalizations in many parts of the US.

Up until July 31, renters who hadn’t made monthly payments were shielded from eviction due to a moratorium imposed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That went in tandem with an emergency rental assistance program designed to provide renters with federal aid so they can stay in their homes.

But the money has been slow to get to beleaguered renters in most states and cities due to bureaucratic snags and onerous documentation requirements, among other problems. It helped spark a last-minute Democratic push to extend the moratorium so renters could have more time to receive federal relief, but it collapsed because of resistance from moderates.

Faced with withering pressure from progressives, the Biden administration enacted a limited moratorium in counties struggling with high infection rates earlier this month. But the Supreme Court struck that down on Thursday evening in a 6-3 ruling.

Conservative justices banded together and ruled that the public health agency had overstepped its authority, which could pave the way for additional federal overreach.

In the wake of the ruling shutting down the federal eviction ban, only seven states and the District of Columbia have eviction moratoriums. Housing experts warn a looming wave of evictions could hit low-income Black Americans the hardest.

“Evictions will occur where unemployment rates are highest-that is, where poor and mostly black service industry workers live,” Paul Williams, a fellow at the Jain Family Institute, wrote Monday on Twitter. He added most homeless shelters are already at capacity.

On Friday, the White House appeared to concede Democrats couldn’t muster the votes in Congress to renew a federal eviction ban. Instead, it was prioritizing ironing out the problems in the rental relief program.

“If there were enough votes to pass an eviction moratorium in Congress, it would have happened,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said at a daily news briefing. “It hasn’t happened.”

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez of New York and Cori Bush of Missouri joined 61 House Democrats in calling for Democratic leaders to assist in extending the moratorium.

“The impending eviction crisis is a matter of public health and safety that demands an urgent legislative solution to prevent further harm and needless loss of human life,” the letter said.

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Progressive lawmakers, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders, have largely stayed quiet as Afghanistan descends into chaos

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) talks with a reporter as she protests the expiration of the federal eviction moratorium on the House steps of the U.S. Capitol on August 3, 2021.

  • Since the Taliban captured Kabul, Democrats and Republicans have attacked the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.
  • But prominent progressive lawmakers avoided criticizing President Joe Biden this week.
  • The crisis in Afghanistan could pose a test for the Democratic party in the 2022 midterm elections.
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It’s been a week since the Taliban captured Kabul, triggering the collapse of the US-backed Afghan government, forcing a chaotic and ongoing evacuation of American and Afghan refugees, and heightening fears about the country’s future.

The swift upheaval reverberated through Congress, with Republicans and Democrats ripping into the US’s actions. Democratic-led committees called for investigations into Biden’s military withdrawal. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy demanded a briefing from the White House on plans to ensure the safe transport of Americans out of the country.

Yet as harrowing scenes from Kabul dominated national news this week, progressive lawmakers, known for being critical of both parties and often quick to shed light on human rights abuses, have largely stayed quiet and avoided criticism of Biden.

Some prominent progressives have so far limited their public response to a single tweet. Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who regularly uses Twitter to raise awareness about issues to her 12.7 million followers and hit back at other politicians, wrote once about the situation on Monday, a day after Kabul fell to the Taliban.

“For all those who lost, sacrificed, suffered, and served in the last 20 years of war and occupation, the United States has a singular responsibility in extending safe refuge to the Afghan people,” she wrote.

Ocasio-Cortez has previously characterized the US’ war in Afghanistan as a “mistake,” but did not scrutinize Biden’s handling of the US’ exit.

The New York firebrand usually does not shy away from criticizing members of her party: In May, Ocasio-Cortez stood up to Biden over his response to the violence in Gaza, claiming his words “dehumanize Palestinians & imply the US will look the other way at human rights violations.”

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Senate Budget Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, examining wages at large profitable corporations.

Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont supported the US’ drawdown from Afghanistan. He posted once last Sunday about the fallout on Twitter, writing: “After 20 years of U.S. effort … Afghanistan was left with a corrupt government and an ineffectual military. At this moment, we must do everything we can to evacuate our allies and open our doors to refugees.”

Sanders, who has become a close ally to Biden, similarly avoided criticism of the president.

Democratic Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri, who has used her activist background to push her agenda, also mentioned Afghanistan in a tweet on Sunday, with no mention of Biden.

Recently, Bush led a sit-in at the steps of the Capitol to increase pressure on the Biden administration to extend a federal eviction moratorium.

Ocasio-Cortez, Bush, and Sanders did not immediately return Insider’s requests for comment.

Afghanistan could present a major blow to Biden and the Democrats, who hope to maintain their House and Senate majorities in the upcoming 2022 midterm elections.

A CBS poll on Sunday found that most Americans support Biden’s decision to leave Afghanistan, but say the removal of US troops has gone badly. Around 53% of respondents disapprove of Biden’s handling of the withdrawal.

The lack of pushback from progressives also comes as the new Taliban government presents an uncertain future for Afghans. The militant group has attempted to present a moderate stance, claiming they will not impose strict restrictions, such as forbidding women’s education, as they had from 1996 to 2001. But history provides reasons to remain skeptical, and Taliban forces have already started attacking Afghans as of last Sunday.

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Tucker Carlson tells AOC ‘get a therapist, honey’ over Capitol riot rape fears

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Tucker Carlson mocked AOC for her fears she might be raped during Capitol riot.

  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she was afraid she might be raped during the Capitol riot.
  • Tucker Carlson mocked the congresswoman for her fears, telling her to “get a therapist, honey.”
  • Carlson has often criticized AOC for talking about her experience during the insurrection.
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Fox News host Tucker Carlson told Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to “get a therapist, honey” after she said she was afraid she could be raped during the Capitol riot.

Carlson made the comments on a segment of his show on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Thursday evening, in which he discussed the killing of Ashli Babbitt by police on January 6.

Referring to her derisively by a high school nickname, Carlson said, “During a recent special on CNN, Sandy Cortez – does she ever stop talking about herself, by the way? – explained she wasn’t simply afraid of being murdered by Ashli Babbitt, she was also worried about being raped.”

Carlson then aired a clip of Ocasio-Cortez in which she told CNN’s Dana Bash about her experience during the insurrection.

“There’s a lot of sexualizing of that violence and I didn’t think that I was just going to be killed. I thought other things were going to happen to me as well,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

When Bash asked if the congresswoman thought she was going to be raped, she said, “yeah, I thought I was.”

Carlson responded, “Sexualising? Get a therapist, honey. This is crazy. These people were mad because they thought the election was unfair. Now you may disagree with that, but it wasn’t about you.”

The congresswoman from New York has previously said that she is a sexual assault survivor and that the Capitol riot compounded her trauma.

Ocasio-Cortez said she barricaded herself in an office with Rep. Katie Porter during the riot, and at one point, locked herself in a bathroom when she believed the office was being breached by a rioter, who later turned out to be a Capitol police officer.

Ocasio-Cortez also said the Republican party used “the tactics of abusers” in trying to minimize the events of January 6.

Tucker Carlson has often mocked the congresswoman for discussing her experience during the insurrection, previously calling her a “vacuous little totalitarian moron.”

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‘Cuomo’s resignation is necessary and long overdue,’ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says in tweets on abuse of power

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., on Monday, August 24, 2020.

  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced his resignation Tuesday amid several sexual harassment allegations.
  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez critiqued institutions that allow abuse of power via Twitter.
  • “The intentional environment of fear & intimidation harassers create is far from a mistake,” said AOC.
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat from New York, called New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s resignation “necessary and long overdue.”

Cuomo announced on Tuesday that he would resign one week after a hefty 165-page report from the New York attorney general’s office found he sexually harassed 11 women.

Cuomo has denied wrongdoing. “In my mind, I never crossed the line with anyone, but I didn’t realize the extent to which the line is redrawn,” Cuomo said when announcing his resignation.

Ocasio-Cortez and other Democrats from New York began calling on Cuomo to resign in March of this year following a string of scandals plaguing the governor.

In her Tweets, Ocasio-Cortex appeared to refer to the AG investigation’s findings that a culture of bullying existed in the governor’s office, including reports that his office retaliated against his accusers.

Specifically, she critiqued the institutions and environments that allow for harassment and abuse of power.

“There is a huge difference between having an awkward interaction and discussing / learning from it vs. mobilizing entire networks and institutions to bring in victims, silence coverage, and retaliate against those who report abuse,” she wrote. “Trying to blur that line helps abuses continue.”

Ocasio-Cortez concluded the string of tweets by saying: “Gov. Cuomo’s resignation is necessary and long overdue. But there is still a large amount of work ahead to account for and reverse the ways our institutions were molded over years to maximize the impunity and lack of transparency necessary for these abuses to unfold as they did.”

Cuomo will be succeeded by New York’s soon-to-be first female governor, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, 14 days from his resignation announcement.

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AOC was afraid she was going to be raped during the Capitol siege: ‘I didn’t think I was just going to be killed’

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

  • AOC told CNN that she was afraid she was going to be raped during the Jan. 6 Capitol siege.
  • “There’s a lot of sexualizing of that violence and I didn’t think that I was just going to be killed,” she said.
  • “I thought other things were going to happen to me as well,” she added.
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New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told CNN’s Dana Bash that she was afraid she was going to be raped on January 6, when a mob of pro-Trump insurrectionists laid siege to the US Capitol in a failed effort to overturn the 2020 election results.

“One of the reasons why that impact was so double that day is because of the misogyny and the racism that is so deeply rooted,” which “animated that attack on the Capitol,” Ocasio-Cortez told Bash in an interview for CNN’s new series, “Being,” which will air Monday at 9 p.m. ET.

“White supremacy and patriarchy are very linked in a lot of ways,” the New York congresswoman continued. “There’s a lot of sexualizing of that violence and I didn’t think that I was just going to be killed. I thought other things were going to happen to me as well.”

Bash replied, “So it sounds like what you’re telling me right now is that you didn’t only think that you were going to die, you thought you were going to be raped.”

“Yeah,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

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AOC, progressive lawmakers call out moderate House Democrats over ‘concerns’ about $3.5 trillion reconciliation package

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill after it was announced that the Biden administration would enact a targeted nationwide eviction moratorium on August 3, 2021.

  • AOC and House progressives called out their moderate Democratic colleagues for their “concerns” over the $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill.
  • The moderate lawmakers want a standalone vote for the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill.
  • Speaker Pelosi has committed to bringing up both infrastructure bills at the same time.
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and progressive House Democrats on Sunday pushed back against “concerns” raised by their moderate colleagues over the proposed $3.5 trillion reconciliation package that President Joe Biden and Democratic leaders want to pass in conjunction with a bipartisan $1 trillion infrastructure bill.

In a letter addressed to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a group of six moderates called on the California Democrat to bring the bipartisan package, which is on the cusp of passage in the Senate, up for a standalone vote, according to The Hill.

The moderates also expressed reservations about the $3.5 trillion “human infrastructure” bill, which would fund priorities focused on childcare, clean energy, and higher education, among other measures.

“As soon as the Senate completes its work, we must bring this bipartisan infrastructure bill to the House floor for a standalone vote. This once-in-a-century investment deserves its own consideration, without regard to other legislation,” the letter read. “Separately, as we begin the reconciliation process, we have concerns about the specific components of that potential package.”

While the bipartisan bill on Saturday passed 67-27 and attracted the support of 18 Senate Republicans in advancing the legislation, the larger infrastructure package would be passed through reconciliation, which only requires a simple majority and can skirt filibuster rules that mandate a 60-vote threshold to cut off debate.

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The members urging caution include Democratic Reps. Jared Golden of Maine, Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey, Kurt Schrader of Oregon, Vicente Gonzalez and Filemon Vela of Texas, and Ed Case of Hawaii, The Hill reported, citing a source with knowledge of the matter.

Several progressives, led by Ocasio-Cortez, a two-term Democratic lawmaker from New York, responded to their moderate colleagues on Sunday with a sharply different message.

“If mods want to blow up the infra deal, that’s on them,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “I know this is tough for some to understand, but the US is more than a handful of suburbs – communities outside them aren’t disposable. And just bc something is ‘bipartisan’ doesn’t mean it’s good. Look at Wall St bailouts.”

The lawmaker pointed to “war,” “tax cuts for the rich,” “Wall St bailouts,” and “fossil fuel giveaways” as examples of “bipartisan” moves.

“Just because something is ‘bipartisan’ doesn’t make it intrinsically good for people or worthy of passage,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “Substance matters.”

Freshman Rep. Mondaire Jones of New York retweeted the letter on Twitter and added a clear response: “No.”

In another tweet, Jones emphasized the significance of passing the larger infrastructure package.

“Wondering how many Americans will know which infrastructure bill was ‘bipartisan’ versus the number who will know whether Medicare was expanded, child care became affordable, and the planet was saved,” he wrote.

Rep. Ruben Gallego of Arizona was just as forceful, saying there would be “no deal” without both infrastructure bills being considered at the same time.

“Both move together or nothing moves,” he tweeted on Saturday.

Progressive Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota also chimed in on the debate, emphasizing that “it’s time to act.”

“Reconciliation bill needs to be tied to the infrastructure bill if moderates are serious about passing the bill,” she tweeted. “If they want to tank the Democratic agenda it’s on them. Dems across the country want investments in the care economy & campaign promises fulfilled. It’s time to act.”

She added: “People voted for Dems to legislate and not defer to republicans. Bipartisan legislation doesn’t provide the investments promised by the administration and Democrats in Congress. @LeaderMcConnell is an obstructionist and Dems need to #safeguard themselves from his influence.”

Pelosi has maintained that she won’t bring up the bipartisan infrastructure bill in the House unless the larger reconciliation package has also passed, and she maintained that stance during a Friday press conference.

“Whatever you can achieve in a bipartisan way, bravo,” she said. “We salute it. We applaud it. We hope that it will pass soon. But, at the same time, we’re not going forward with leaving people behind.”

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Joe Manchin says he ‘can’t really guarantee anybody’ that the Democratic-led reconciliation package will pass the Senate

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Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

  • Joe Manchin on Sunday said he couldn’t guarantee passage of the Senate reconciliation package.
  • “Would we like to do more? Yes, you can do what you can pay for,” the senator said on CNN.
  • AOC said the House could scuttle a bipartisan spending bill absent a reconciliation package with progressive priorities.
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Sen. Joe Manchin on Sunday said that he “can’t really guarantee anybody” that the Democratic-led reconciliation package would be approved by the Senate.

During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” the moderate West Virginia Democrat told host Jake Tapper that he couldn’t assure passage of any particular legislation.

“I can’t really guarantee anybody,” he said. “I have not guaranteed anybody on any of these pieces of legislation. Would we like to do more? Yes, you can do what you can pay for. This is paid for. Our infrastructure bill is all paid for. We don’t have a debt, that we’re going to incur more debt in throwing onto it.”

He added: “As far as reconciliation goes, it should be looked at the same. That’s why I said we’re going to get the budget resolution. Let’s start the process and then see where it goes.”

The Senate appears to be on the cusp of passing a roughly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill that has been heralded by President Joe Biden and will likely be voted in the coming week.

Biden and a group of Democratic and Republican senators in late June reached an agreement on a long-awaited plan that calls for eight years of spending investments that will fund critical infrastructure projects like highway and bridge upgrades.

A separate $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill hashed out by Senate Democrats would feature infrastructure priorities focused on childcare, clean energy, and education. The party is aiming to pass the legislation through the budget reconciliation process, which requires a simple-majority and isn’t subject to the 60-vote threshold needed to break a filibuster.

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However, with nonexistent GOP support for the larger spending bill, all 50 members of the Democratic caucus have to stick together in order for the legislation to pass.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Sunday said during a separate interview with Tapper that there were “more than enough” Democratic House members who could scuttle the bipartisan infrastructure bill if the reconciliation package doesn’t pass the Senate.

The progressive New York Democrat told Tapper that if the $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill doesn’t pass the Senate, the House “will uphold our end of the bargain and not pass the bipartisan bill until we get all of these investments in,” a reference to “human infrastructure” priorities like universal pre-Kindergarten and climate initiatives.

During the interview, Manchin also raised concerns about the price tag of the legislation, expressing worries about the country’s long-term financial health.

“Someone should be concerned about getting your financial house in order,” he said. “So, I’m worried about that. I’m worried about inflation. But, with that, we’re going to pay for it. So, let’s see what the pay-fors – if they’re real.”

He added: “Are we going to go overboard and make ourselves noncompetitive? I wouldn’t be for that.”

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