AOC Told Biden “Avoid Being Limited by Republicans”

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York called out Biden; she told him not to be “limited by Republicans,” amidst the negotiations in the White House to push for a bipartisan infrastructure agreement. 

In an interview with “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Ocasio-Cortez addressed the hesitation by some Republican senators to support the infrastructure program; this comes after Biden mentioned that Democrats would instead move forward with a stronger plan of their own. 

Ocasio-Cortez wants to take advantage of Democrats’ control of the House, Senate, and White House.

Ocasio-Cortez argued that the country’s needs are too severe to give in to calls of Republicans and pass a smaller scale bill as a form of compromise. 

The New York congresswoman added that in aspects where there’s an agreement between both parties, Republicans are more than welcome to join to make the infrastructure project work. However, she added that this does not mean that Biden should be restricted by Republicans, especially when Democrats have the House majority, 50 senators, and the White House.

Ocasio-Cortez then mentioned that with how much support and power the Democrat Party holds in Congress and the White House, it is “one big shot” for them; this applies not just in Medicare and childcare, but also on climate change.

In a sense, Ocasio-Cortez wants Biden to go beyond the infrastructure deal and support a broader bill, particularly the bill that intends to address climate change mitigation.

Although Biden is open to the passage of these bills, he mentioned that he would only sign both legislation “in tandem.” Biden also mentioned that he does not expect the White House to link the infrastructure plan with the bill related to climate change mitigation. 

Biden’s statement gave leading Republican negotiators optimism

Senator Rob Portman of Ohio mentioned that he is happy to hear Biden’s clarification with his position on the two legislative bills. 

Portman added he is glad that the infrastructure deal and the climate change mitigation bill are now delinked. Later, Portman added they can now move forward with the bipartisan bill that is supported not only by congressional lawmakers, but also by the American people. 

However, in an interview, Cedric Richmond, a top White House official, was asked whether the president would sign a bipartisan agreement without the reconciliation component. He stated that it is not a “yes or no question.” Richmond also added that the Biden administration expects to have both bills to be presented for signing. 

The top White House official also mentioned that the president is “making sure” that both the infrastructure deal and the climate change mitigation plan gets passed. 

Sunday does not mark the first time of AOC discouraging bipartisan work and pushing for Democrats to get their way and their way alone.