Like many progressives, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is losing patience with Senate Democrats as the Biden administration’s agenda on everything from infrastructure to voting rights has been blocked at the starting gate because on Republican intransigence and the inability to garner 60 votes needed to overcome current Senate filibuster rules.
Appears in CNNayan State of the Union, the New York lawmaker expressed his frustration at the reluctance of his Senate colleagues to release the outmoded filibuster framework that is the main obstacle to passing legislation that would begin to advance progressive goals.
Rep. Deleted. Ocasio-Cortez called the “compromise framework” announced by a bipartisan group of 1o senators last week far from the “best we can get” for the country and deflected a question of whether he would support the compromise if Biden was defined by the administration as the deal is the best they can expect to achieve under current circumstances.
Instead, he pointed to the subject to focus on why some Democratic Senate members are preventing Biden’s agenda from advancing.
“I think we need to talk about the elephant in the room, which is the Senate Democrats, blocking important items on a Democratic agenda … I think, for reasons I don’t think there’s a lot of water , “Ocasio insisted by Cortez.
“I think we really need to start asking some of these Democratic senators where they plan to get 60 votes. Those 10 Republican senators, who have a theory that we’re going to get support for that, I think a claim that doesn’t really hold water, especially if we don’t get 10 senators to support a Jan. 6 commission, ”the progressive congressman pointed out.
“Do we live less and have an infrastructure package more designed by Republicans to get 60 votes, or can we change this country, create millions of union jobs, change our power grid , get people, you know, fixed bridges and rebuilt schools with 51 or 50 Democratic votes? ”Ocasio-Cortez pitched options.
The New York legislator did not hide his own preference for the best way to move forward.
“I think the argument we have to make here is it’s worth it to go it alone if we can do more for the people who work in this country,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “With 50 votes, we have the potential to lower the Medicare eligibility age so that more people can be covered and guaranteed their right to health care, as opposed to, you know, 60 votes where we do, very little and the its scope is defined by a minority of Republicans who have not yet been elected to rule. “
It remains to be seen whether any of the most filibuster-friendly Democrats Senators like Joe Manchin or Kyrsten Cinema will be convinced by Ocasio-Cortez’s argument, but it’s undeniable that the Bronx-born representative is more concerned with achieving results for American citizens. than the ego -stroking of his colleagues in the Senate.
You can watch an excerpt of the appearance of Congressman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez CNNayan State of the Union in the video clip below.
AOC: “I think we need to talk about the elephant in the room, which is the Senate Democrats blocking important items on a Democratic agenda for reasons I don’t think hold a lot of water.” pic.twitter.com/t3ixCCQ6cV
– Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 13, 2021
Original reporting by Mychael Schnell of The Hill.
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