DEMS’ CIVIL WAR: AOC Attacks Sinema In Dem Split

While members of Congress grapple over the details of trillions of dollars in proposed federal spending, one member of the “Squad” is calling out those who disagree.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., called out Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., accusing her in a campaign email of holding Dems back and being funded by corporate interests.

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“It’s 2021. You don’t have to put corporate lobbyists over people to legislate, fundraise, and win,” AOC said. “It’s insulting to tell everyday people who worked tirelessly for a majority that they must suffer insane drug prices,no voting rights,& climate disaster for political convenience.”

The criticism shows a deeper divide in the Democratic party, but Sinema is not alone. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., has been clear in his opposition to the $3.5 trillion bill, saying he prefers $1.5 trillion.

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“Over the past year, Congress has injected more than $5 trillion of stimulus into the American economy – more than any time since World War II – to respond to the pandemic. The challenge we now face is different: millions of jobs remain unfilled across the country and rising inflation rates are now an unavoidable tax on the wages and income of every American,” Manchin said. “These are not indications of an economy that requires trillions in additional spending. Every elected leader is chosen to make difficult decisions. Adding trillions of dollars more to nearly $29 trillion of national debt, without any consideration of the negative effects on our children and grandchildren, is one of those decisions that has become far too easy in Washington.”

Manchin said the economy is too fragile to pass such an “irresponsible” bill.

“Given the current state of the economic recovery, it is simply irresponsible to continue spending at levels more suited to respond to a Great Depression or Great Recession – not an economy that is on the verge of overheating. More importantly, I firmly believe that continuing to spend at irresponsible levels puts at risk our nation’s ability to respond to the unforeseen crises our country could face. I urge my colleagues to seriously consider this reality as this budget process unfolds in the coming weeks and months.”

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