Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is slamming Democrats who say they will not support the $3.5 trillion spending bill unless Congress first votes on the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill by next Monday as a “small destructive group of members.”
A CNN reporter posted on social media that the self-described Democrat Socialist made the remark after he asked Ocasio-Cortez about moderate Democrats who have opposed voting on the so-called “human infrastructure” bill ahead of legislation that is focused on infrastructure.
“I will not vote for an infrastructure bill unless we have reconciliation ready to go,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
Newsweek reported on the infighting in the Democrat Party:
Ocasio-Cortez told CNN reporter Manu Raju she would vote against the package if the House and Senate have not approved a larger, Democratic-backed infrastructure plan, Raju tweeted. She said there are about 45 progressive House democrats who may also vote against the smaller bill.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez just told me she is a NO on $1.2T infrastructure package on Sept. 27 if the House and Senate have not approved the larger, Democratic-only economic package by then. She called moderates demanding vote by Sept. 27 a “small destructive group of members.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez just told me she is a NO on $1.2T infrastructure package on Sept. 27 if the House and Senate have not approved the larger, Democratic-only economic package by then. She called moderates demanding vote by Sept. 27 a “small destructive group of members”
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) September 20, 2021
The $1.2 trillion plan contains funding for “hard” infrastructure including roads and bridges, high-speed internet, rail and transit, drinking water upgrades and other priorities meant to shore up the nation’s crumbling infrastructure. The bill passed the Senate in August with some bipartisan support.
The $3.5 trillion bill contains funding for what has been called “human” infrastructure. Funding to tackle climate change, expanding medicare, free-year community college are among the policies in the sweeping bill.
The infrastructure bill has gotten some support from Senate Republicans, but the reconciliation bill faces greater hurdles in the Senate, because passage requires a yes vote from every Democrat.
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