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Ocasio-Cortez: 'More than enough' votes to prevent infrastructure from passing without reconciliation bill

The Hill
The Hill
 2021-08-01
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New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) said on Sunday that there would be “more than enough” votes to prevent a bipartisan infrastructure bill from passing the House without a massive companion spending bill that Democrats hope to pass through reconciliation.

During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Ocasio-Cortez told host Jake Tapper that if the Senate doesn’t pass the reconciliation bill, the House “will uphold our end of the bargain and not pass the bipartisan bill until we get all of these investments in.”

“So, we really need to see that language and see what's put in there ... when it reaches the House,” Ocasio-Cortez told Tapper. “Bipartisan doesn't always mean that it's in the interests of the public good, frankly. Sometimes, there's a lot of corporate lobbyist giveaways in some of these bills.”

Ocasio-Cortez said "a very large amount" of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) in the House would oppose the bipartisan infrastructure package without the reconciliation bill.

"The total amount is about 90. I am not the whip" of the CPC, Ocasio-Cortez said. "But what I can tell you is that it's certainly more than three. And it is in the double digits, absolutely."

“Enough to prevent it from passing?” Tapper asked.

“More than enough,” Ocasio-Cortez replied.

The progressive lawmaker also noted the "tight margin" in the Senate.

"I respect that we have to get Sen. Sinema and Manchin's vote on reconciliation," she said, referring to Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.).

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are working to add the finishing touches to an infrastructure plan that would total more than $1.2 trillion over eight years.

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RWB 12 45 tik tok
08-01

Hey AOCWhere are you for supporting the Amazon workers to unionize?? Why don't you have a major press conference to support the unionization of Amazon?? Where are you AOC?? that's right the lobbyist paid you off

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bob
08-01

She has no concept that these deals lead to higher taxes for the next five generations. She will remembered as a criminal and a scourge on the American people for the next 100 years.

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ncman2
08-01

… I actually AGREE on this one…do you REALLY think infrastructure $$$ is going to be spent on the famous “shovel ready projects”??…the less the government ( our money) spends, the better….

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