Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez Photos of the Week: President Biden, Kenosha Protests, and a Pardon for Peanut Butter Ocasio-Cortez Says Legal System ‘Protects Those It Was Designed For’ After Rittenhouse Verdict, Marathon Speech Republican Leader Forces House Democrats To Boost Vote MORE (DN.Y.) said in an interview published Sunday that the Democrats’ social spending package must pass soon or bills backed by the party leadership might not be backed by progressives.
“I think the stakes are high,” Ocasio-Cortez told The New York Times.
“The whole reason the Progressive Caucus cast their votes [for the infrastructure bill] it relied on direct promises from the president, as well as direct promises from more conservative Democratic opponents. And also the leadership of the Chamber ”, he continued. “So if those promises are not kept, it will be very, very difficult for them to get votes on anything that moves forward, because the trust that was already so delicate will have been broken.”
The New York progressive said the approval process President BidenJoe BidenRisch, dismayed by Republican senators’ blocking of Biden’s diplomatic elections, on Sunday shows a trailer: Boosters open to all American adults; House Democrats pass spending plan to Senate White House calls for investigation into sexual assault allegations of missing Chinese tennis star MOREThe Build Back Better legislation has been “demoralizing” because “huge promises were made.”
“And this is where I sounded the alarm, because what really slows down turnout is when Democrats make promises they don’t keep,” he added.
“With the bipartisan infrastructure plan, there are all these headlines out there. And I understand the political importance of doing a victory lap. But I think the worst and most vulnerable position we could be in is that of overpromising and underperforming, “he added.
Ocasio-Cortez also said that Biden could use executive orders to address issues including student loans, the weather and immigration.
“So why are we taking this as a legislative compromise, when the opportunity is so much greater, or when Biden could do these things with a stroke of a pen and just remind us that he is choosing not to?” she asked.
House Democrats scored a victory late last week after passing their social spending bill, which includes tax incentives for renewable energy, paid family leave and childcare subsidies.
Democrats are now preparing to see how it will be amended in the Senate, with lawmakers in the upper house taking over the bill after the Thanksgiving recess. Senator Joe manchinJoe Manchin Democrats Advance As Manchin’s Yoyos Five Takeaways: House Passes Biden’s Radical Benefits Bill Energy and Environment Overnight – House Passes Giant Climate and Social Policy Bill MORE (DW.Va.) has previously said that it has not supported paid family leave through reconciliation.
The Hill has reached out to Ocasio-Cortez’s office for comment.