AOC Calls Out Conservative Dems After Manchin Demands Dems 'Pick One' Social Policy for Infrastructure
Congressional Democrats continue to wrangle over the specifics of a $3.5 trillion (over 10 years) reconciliation bill that needs every Democratic vote to pass the Senate. Its failure to pass all but ensures the defeat in the House of its bipartisan sister infrastructure bill, which was passed by the Senate earlier this year.
The reconciliation bill boasts a number of highly popular policies such as universal childcare, free community college, child tax credits, climate policy improvements, and other initiatives.
One of the $3.5 trillion bill's most notorious holdouts is conservative Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who claims the bill would veer the United States into an "entitlement" society.
Manchin—a multimillionaire whose campaigns rely on donations from big oil companies—doubled down on his bulwark against relief for everyday Americans. Axios reports that Manchin is demanding Democrats choose only one social policy (paid family leave, expanded child tax credit, or childcare subsidies) to be included in the bill in order to gain his support.
Firebrand progressive Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, a major supporter of the reconciliation bill, lambasted Manchin for his constant deference to special interests in light of his stinginess when it comes to transforming the lives of everyday Americans.
Ocasio-Cortez called the Senator out on Twitter.
Ah yes, the Conservative Dem position: “You can either feed your kid, recover from your c-section, or have childcar… https://t.co/dMbDfLd6kw— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) 1633634940.0
People largely agreed.
If we lift people up they won't be desperate enough to work for low wages and the bottom line of the lobbyists will… https://t.co/LKzJEt5d9T— Eric Garcia for Congress (@Eric Garcia for Congress) 1633636808.0
I really hope Progressives hold the line against the blackmail being perpetrated by conservative Dem senators https://t.co/F7Lgj33F3m— Adam McMahon (@Adam McMahon) 1633635182.0
Incredible. I’m not sure why I ever supported or believed in this joke of a party. Why is it that the only people l… https://t.co/QTvQCIFCpd— Matt Barnsley, MFA, NP (@Matt Barnsley, MFA, NP) 1633640241.0
Any arguments with the point she makes here @Sen_JoeManchin? Childcare allows struggling parents to work. Not sit… https://t.co/oraN4r4iAz— Who Dey Buckeye (@Who Dey Buckeye) 1633635864.0
These people. I would love to see them survive on the meager allowance (the small amount/the meager minimum wage al… https://t.co/SQsV4UU0DN— Ingrid Ross👄🌑 (@Ingrid Ross👄🌑) 1633635368.0
She's not the only one giving Manchin heat for the position.
When it comes to Manchin, cruelty is the point. This is an appalling demand. https://t.co/Gtcljsqgkv— BlackWomenViews Media (@BlackWomenViews Media) 1633621086.0
This dude really hates his constituents. Especially the non-cishet white male ones, but really he hates them all. https://t.co/1CDy020GSA— Leslie Mac (@Leslie Mac) 1633630984.0
America: pick between going to your mom’s chemo appointment, buying your children books, and being able to afford y… https://t.co/M9fnU69HIf— Dr. Kate Gallagher Robbins (@Dr. Kate Gallagher Robbins) 1633571662.0
He had absolutely no problem with tfg tax break for the rich. But giving parents help in raising their children whi… https://t.co/KMLX0HAGYO— Nikki Now💛🐝 👀🤳🙏 (@Nikki Now💛🐝 👀🤳🙏) 1633629662.0