AOC tells Schumer to make Sinema’s life ‘as hard as possible’
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New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hit out at Senator Kyrsten Sinema, a moderate Democrat from Arizona, again and told Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to bring her back to life “too difficult as possible”.
The comment came after Sinema angrily told Schumer, DN.Y., to pick up the pace when it comes to taking a floor vote in the upper house — a process that has been going on for hours.
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“Could we have some discipline in the votes, ever?” Sinema told Schumer in a vote Tuesday night, according to a Bloomberg News reporter. “You are responsible!”
Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter to urge the Majority Leader to continue laborious Senate procedures for the sole purpose of annoying moderate Democrats like Sinema and Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.Va., whom she has described as “obstructionists”.
“In fact, he should continue to make life as difficult for them as possible and treat them as they treat, say, residents of social housing. Or parents who depend on the CLC [Child Tax Credit]“, she said. “When they improve, maybe the process can improve as well.
“Why should we make life easier for obstructionists? she added.
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It’s unclear which vote Sinema was ultimately frustrated with, but none of the eight votes — all of which were for state court nominations — appeared to be a hot button issue for the Democratic Party.
Democrats have seen divisions arise between progressive and moderate lawmakers — even thwarting some of the Biden administration’s most coveted laws.
Sinema and Manchin have proven to be roadblocks in their party after their refusal to support filibuster reform to pass voting rights legislation as well as the president’s Build Back Better social spending agenda.
They disputed that they were fussing over the economy with what Republicans saw as reckless spending amid high inflation and an ever-growing national debt.
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The pair also adamantly rejected any attempt to amend the filibuster, which currently can only be avoided with a 60-vote threshold.
Democrats have argued that the rule has simply proven to be a perpetual roadblock that delays the legislative process.