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Ocasio-Cortez Hits Back at Pelosi After She Knocked Progressives for Voting Against Spending Package
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=48771"><span class="small">Aris Folley, The Hill</span></a>   
Sunday, 07 July 2019 14:22

Folley writes: "Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) hit back at Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) over Twitter on Saturday night after Pelosi knocked the freshman lawmaker for not voting with Democrats on a spending package passed by the House last week."

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks at a town hall in Jackson Heights, Queens. (photo: Dan Herrick)
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks at a town hall in Jackson Heights, Queens. (photo: Dan Herrick)

Ocasio-Cortez Hits Back at Pelosi After She Knocked Progressives for Voting Against Spending Package

By Aris Folley, The Hill

07 July 19


ep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) hit back at Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) over Twitter on Saturday night after Pelosi knocked the freshman lawmaker for not voting with Democrats on a spending package passed by the House last week.

Earlier on Saturday, Pelosi took aim at progressive congresswomen Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) after the four voted against the House's version of a $4.5 billion spending package recently passed by Congress that sought to remedy issues at the southern border.

In an interview with the The New York Times, Pelosi said she believed the four lawmakers made themselves irrelevant by voting against what she referred to as “our bill," which passed in in a vote of 230-195, mostly along party lines, but with opposition from Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Tlaib and Pressley. The House later passed a Senate border funding bill, sending that version to President Trump for his signature.

“All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” she added. “But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”

In response, Ocasio-Cortez said on Twitter, “That public 'whatever' is called public sentiment. And wielding the power to shift it is how we actually achieve meaningful change in this country.”

In a second tweet, Ocasio-Cortez said, "I don't believe it was a good idea for Dems to blindly trust the Trump admin when so many kids have died in their custody."

“It’s a huge mistake," she added. "This admin also refuses to hand over docs to Congress on the whereabouts of families. People’s lives are getting bargained, & for what?”

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+8 # littlebird 2019-07-07 23:04
There is plenty of reason not to trust President Trump to do the right thing at the border with funds Congress approved. If Trump had wanted to improve the border crisis, why not use the money that he spent on his 4th of July parade? It would have done a lot more to improve his miserable image and for a change, do something great that he has been promising. I am still waiting for that to happen, by the way.

We can hope that the money will be used to find the families of the children that were snatched. They seem to have lost track of parents and now we have a tragedy that was entirely unnecessary and inhumane. Why? I see the one responsible as Donald Trump, the most
inefficient and dangerous president to take office. We have the power to throw him out of office. Ms. Pelosi, what are you waiting for?
+3 # chapdrum 2019-07-08 21:09
Pelosi appears to be playing it safe, in a similar way as Mueller. We may be underestimating how alone we are in this.
+11 # rural oregon progressive 2019-07-08 00:01
Good for AOC. Eventually the Establishment Dems will catch up with actual progressivism. In the meantime, Establishment continues to feed the monster. I am 68 years old and am proud that the youth of our country are beginning to take control of the Democratic Party. It will take time (more than I may have left), but I am cautiously optimistic that the Dems of MY generation (who are actually co-opted by the right) will soon fade into oblivion as populist, progressive politicians rise to replace them.
+13 # John Cosmo 2019-07-08 00:46
So ashamed of Pelosi. So disturbingly Trump-like. What an embarrassment to the Democratic Party.
+10 # tedrey 2019-07-08 01:02
Viewing this as money intended to exacerbate, rather than ameliorate the present crisis, I would not have voted for it either.
+9 # Carol R 2019-07-08 05:28
I agree with AOC. Why blindly trust the Trump administration when children have died and are getting sick from the negligence? These children will NEVER recover emotionally from being taken from their parents or guardians. Exactly what has Trump done for average American? NOTHING!
Here is what the Orange Swamp Monster has to say on Twitter about the ill treatment of children and adults in detention centers.

Donald J. Trum:The Fake News Media, in particular the Failing @nytimes, is writing phony and exaggerated accounts of the Border Detention Centers. First of all, people should not be entering our Country illegally, only for us to then have to care for them. We should be allowed to focus on United States Citizens first. Border Patrol, and others in Law Enforcement, have been doing a great job. We said there was a Crisis - the Fake News & the Dems said it was “manufactured.” Now all agree we were right, but they always knew that. They are crowded (which we brought up, not them) because the Dems won’t change the Loopholes and Asylum. Big Media Con Job!
12:48 PM - 7 Jul 2019
+12 # Texas Aggie 2019-07-08 05:49
Anyone who thinks that Phat Boy and his minions are going to use the money to improve conditions in the concentration camps is a fool. Phat Boy has made it clear that the horrible conditions are on purpose in order to deter immigration, so there is no reason that he would use the money Pelosi gave him to improve the conditions. She refused to put in any constraints in the bill that would force Phat Boy to actually use the money appropriately, and therefore she is complicit in what is going to happen.
+11 # RLF 2019-07-08 06:00
Peolosi is such a bought and paid for politician. She does the same things as a republican but avoids taking the blame. The very definition of a DINO!
-8 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-07-08 06:39
The problem here is that legislation is always compromise. The bill had to be acceptable to the republican controlled senate and Trump for his signature. Trump did sign it.

So the bill is not perfect. It does nothing to address underlying causes or the evil policies of ICE and CPB. All it does is provide the funds to bring all of the facilities used to handle immigrants and refugees up to legal standards. It also provides funds to hire a lot more immigration judges and staff to handle the cases quicker. It provides funds for healthcare and decent food for immigrants and refugees.

To me, the bill is worth it. There's no guarantee that the Trump admin will spend the money wisely. The bill is very specific about how the money is to be spent but who is doing the oversight. Police forces like ICE and CBP are notoriously corrupt.

I admire AOC's criticism and her dissatisfaction with compromise. But on this case, I would have compromised. I would also have compromised a two years ago when Trump would have made DACA status permanent in exchange for his wall. I would have taken that deal.
+4 # HarryP 2019-07-08 16:15

This not a “compromise” bill. Nor is it Pelosi’s bill. Her initial bill called for protection of unaccompanied children. This bill belongs to Mitch McConnell, who told Nancy to take it or leave it. She took it (against the wishes of 95 Dems) and then had the gall to declare “we go forward to protect children in a way that truly honors their dignity and worth.”

Whatever the bill provides in paper, it will not be followed by this administration. Trump refuses to follow laws. He and Mitch got their money to expand their obscene system of concentration camps, symbols of deliberate cruelty.

A correction re my previous post: it costs ca. $750 a day to house children in the newly created “tent cities.” In the older established facilities, it runs to $250 a day - for each and every one of the inmates packed into the facilities.
+7 # HarryP 2019-07-08 07:20
In the past, Republicans have had a field day accusing Democrats of “shoveling money” at a problem. This time it’s the Republicans who are doing it and Pelosi has become their enabler.

The money is already there. Private companies receiving $750 per detainee. All Pelosi has done is to increase the flow of money without questioning the very existence of the concentration camps and the attendant deliberate cruelty.

AOC is absolutely right to challenge Pelosi’s blind trust in the Trump administration finally doing the right thing. It’ll take the additional money to expand its obscene errand.

You can bet good money on that.
+4 # Robbee 2019-07-08 10:14
Ocasio-Cortez Hits Back at Pelosi After She Knocked Progressives for Voting Against Spending Package
Aris Folley, The Hill
07 July 19

- as robbee always says "fuck moderate dems, if they can't take a joke!"

of all the horrors of dickhead nation? moderate dems have made common, homeland security, cause with dickhead, and now co-own his humanitarian crimes!

yes, congress woulda missed a day of their 4th of july recess flights?

was that not worth dealing with a humanitarian crisis as a humanitarian crisis?

repukes had alot to lose! - they had a dog in the hunt! - without a deal, homeland security funds were about to run out and repukes were more worried about i c e being able to deport outstayed visa holders than humanizing detention conditions!

heretofore nancy had bargained successfully with repukes - this was an unforced, avoidable error! - when repukes' risk was even bigger, and more desperate, than ours!

until nancy sees the wizard, and dems resume winning their share, we bop from dickhead-create d crisis to dickhead-create d crisis - no exit!

shame on nancy!
+10 # Robbee 2019-07-08 10:18
ps - the beating hearts of my party are bernie, elizabeth and alexandria!
+4 # Salus Populi 2019-07-08 12:59
Add Ilhan, Rashida, and Ayanna; and, in terms of at least some anti-interventi onism, Tulsi.
+4 # PABLO DIABLO 2019-07-08 13:11
I would take one AOC over 100 Pelosi's. At least AOC and the new Dems have the courage to speak out about injustice. Pelosi likes being a Millionaire too much. Feinstien is ev.en worse
+2 # chapdrum 2019-07-08 14:13
Pelosi's husband reputedly worth $100 million. Wealth unites politicians far more than it divides them.
+4 # DongiC 2019-07-09 04:23
AOC tells it the way it is. She's bold and courageous and devoted to the truth. Already, she is a treasure to our democratic republic.
0 # candida 2019-07-13 16:45
Que Viva AOC!!! (and Ilhan, Rashida, and Ayanna!!!)