Senator Joe Manchin warned Tuesday that members of the progressive “squad” must give an explanation to the American people if they try to thwart efforts to pass a bipartisan coronavirus law.
The West Virginia Democrat’s remarks follow after he and a bipartisan senator group hatched a $ 908 billion compromise proposal on the coronavirus stimulus. A bipartisan group of senators and members of the House announced their plan on Tuesday and urged their parties to get to the center.
“They have to respond to the public,” Manchin (DW.Va.) told Fox News if the squad’s stone walls violated the law. “We came up in a bipartisan, bicameral way to agree on $ 908 billion. There are those who say it’s too much. Some people say it’s not enough. I don’t know that you like everyone, but we found something that satisfied the America has the needs we think of. ”
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Manchin, a moderate and squadron member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a “democratic socialist” in New York, recently traded under the leadership of the Democratic Party.
Manchin told the New York Times that Ocasio-Cortez “wasn’t as active with his accounts or the committee. He’s more active on Twitter than anything else.”
His comments came after the Democratic Democrat Bronx posted a photo of him looking at him angrily. He replied that Manchin had hit the “police protection” movement.
On Tuesday, Manchin called “extremists” on both sides and said he was a moderate Democrat in West Virginia who was “comfortable in the middle.”
“I don’t know the miss. I really don’t. Maybe she’s fine – I just don’t know,” Manchin told Fox News. “I understand we have different political positions. And that’s okay.”
According to Manchin, Ocasio-Cortez is very fond of social media and hopes to acknowledge that his compromise legislation will help his constituents.
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“He’s very adept at the social scene,” Manchin said. “But now we had to do something. I hope this is recognized. We help everyone in the neighborhood, in every district, in every state.”
As a result of the 2020 election, where several moderate Democrats lost their seats in the House of Representatives, Ocasio-Cortez and his teammates made the mistake of promoting policies such as Medicare-for-All, the Green New Deal and founding the police.
“It definitely hurt the brand,” Manchin said.
The senator said the amplified voice of a small section of the people made it difficult for other Democrats, who had to contend with the stigma of socialism.
Opponents have made it look like “it looks like a“ D ”sign in your name, then you belong to socialism,” he said.
“We’re not for losing police money,” Manchin said. “I don’t know a Democrat here for police funding. But they all labeled him.”
Manchin also reproached Ocasio-Cortez’s vision of “Medicare for All.”
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“For some, we can’t even pay Medicare,” Manchin said. “Don’t you think we should improve the current system?”
As for the Green New Deal, Manchin says the important thing is for America to be energy independent. “We want a clean environment, but we also want a balance between the environment and the economy. We think it can be done. You can’t do it if it’s so rigid.”
Ocenio-Cortez spokesman Lauren Hitt did not respond to Manchin’s comments. But he defended Ocasio-Cortez’s legislative record for the New York Times, pointing out that the congresswoman missed fewer votes than Manchin and wrote more amendments than the other 90 percent of freshmen.
“The congresswoman has gained a reputation as a tough, prepared member of committee hearings,” Hitt told the newspaper.
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Ocasio-Cortez had previously withdrawn the accusation that the Democrats had lost their seats in the House of Representatives because of the team. According to him, the moderate people who blame the progressives for their struggling campaigns “carried out the digital campaigns” terribly during a pandemic and called for the need for year-round organization. According to him, the new elections were won by vigorous Democrats supporting the “Green New Deal” and “Medicare for All”.
“So the whole‘ progressivism bad ’argument simply has no convincing evidence I’ve seen,” he tweeted after the election.
As for coronavirus exemption, Ocasio-Cortez spoke in favor of a large package that includes mortgages and rentals, expanded health care, suspension of student loan payments and $ 2,000 monthly recurring payments to all families and $ 1,000 per child – regardless of immigration status. He called on the squad to play “hardball” to get bigger aid packages.
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In the meantime, he has raised private funds to help voters in his district. He recently raised $ 240,000 in donations to support six New York eviction protection and food aid programs. Most of the money was raised during a five-hour Twitch live broadcast that played an online game between us.
Although they represent the opposite goals of the party, Manchin said he was open to talking to and getting to know Ocasio-Cortez.
“I’d be happy. I’ll talk to everyone,” Manchin said. “I have no problem,” I simply never had a chance to sit down and talk to him.