Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) stated Wednesday that the Biden administration and Senate Democrats ought to stop playing “patty-cake” with Republicans and “move now” on an infrastructure invoice that features proposals to deal with local weather change.
The self-described democratic socialist shared a tweet from Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) reacting to a Politico article during which White House National Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy acknowledged that some local weather change-related proposals “may not end in the final version” of infrastructure laws.
“An infrastructure package that goes light on climate and clean energy should not count on every Democratic vote,” tweeted Heinrich.
“Yep,” concurred Ocasio-Cortez earlier than including, “Mitch McConnell and the Koch brothers are not worth setting the planet on fire for. I know some Dems may disagree with me, but that’s my unpopular opinion of the day.”
On Tuesday, Biden abruptly broke off negotiations on a $1.7 trillion compromise infrastructure package deal with Senate Republicans led by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.). However, a bipartisan group of senators — together with Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) — are working on a proposal of their very own valued at round $900 billion.
“Pres. Biden & Senate Dems should take a step back and ask themselves if playing patty-cake w GOP Senators is really worth the dismantling of people’s voting rights, setting the planet on fire, allowing massive corporations and the wealthy to not pay their fair share of taxes, etc,” a annoyed Ocasio-Cortez tweeted later Wednesday.
“During the Obama admin, folks thought we’d have a 60 Dem majority for a while. It lasted 4 months,” the lawmaker continued. “Dems are burning precious time & impact negotiating w/GOP who won’t even vote for a Jan 6 commission. McConnell’s plan is to run out the clock. It’s a hustle. We need to move now.”
Ocasio-Cortez additionally approvingly quote-tweeted MSNBC host Chris Hayes, who wrote: “An ‘infrastructure bill’ that isn’t climate-focused is quite literally not worth passing because climate is the central infrastructure challenge we face, full stop.”
“Common sense. Thank you,” Ocasio-Cortez reacted.
While Senate Democrats may theoretically use the parliamentary technique of reconciliation to move an infrastructure invoice with out GOP help, Manchin has signaled he won’t vote for any package deal that doesn’t have Republican enter.
“We need a bipartisan infrastructure bill,” Manchin instructed “Fox News Sunday” this previous weekend. “We most undoubtedly want that. And infrastructure is one thing that’s been delayed for a lot too lengthy by previous administrations, so it’s time for us to transfer ahead.
“There’s a lot that’s been done with the COVID bills that we’ve put out that basically overlap in some areas of infrastructure, but there’s a lot more that needs to be done and I think we can come to that compromise to where we’ll find a bipartisan deal,” he added. “I’m very, very confident of that.”
Manchin beforehand drew the wrath of fellow Democrats when he introduced Sunday that he would oppose the sprawling Democrat-led election reform invoice generally known as the For the People Act.
“Whether it is state laws that seek to needlessly restrict voting or politicians who ignore the need to secure our elections, partisan policymaking won’t instill confidence in our democracy — it will destroy it,” Manchin wrote in an op-ed within the Charleston Gazette-Mail newspaper.