AOC warns Dems about the dangers of 'Biden breaking his BBB promise’
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has a stern warning for Democratic leadership as the midterm elections approach. On Friday, December 17, the Democratic lawmaker took to Twitter with a message to her colleagues hoping to be re-elected in the very near future, per Mediate.
According to Ocasio-Cortez, it would be foolish to think re-election would be possible if Democratic lawmakers continue to stall on key promises they made to constituents. The cancelation of student loan debt, citizenship options for migrants, and child care credit extensions are all key issues that are continuing to hang in the balance and need to be addressed much sooner than later. The ever-looming filibuster is also still a heated topic for debate.
Ocasio-Cortez believes Democratic re-election depends on it. "It is actually delusional to believe Dems can get re-elected without acting on filibuster or student debt, Biden breaking his BBB promise, letting CTC lapse, 0 path to citizenship, etc," she tweeted, adding, "Esp when they run from convos abt race+culture (which is what 1/6 was abt). We need to act now."
It is actually delusional to believe Dems can get re-elected without acting on filibuster or student debt, Biden breaking his BBB promise, letting CTC lapse, 0 path to citizenship, etc\n\nEsp when they run from convos abt race+culture (which is what 1/6 was abt)\n\nWe need to act now— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) 1639769256
Ocasio-Cortez's remarks come amid the circulation of news reports projecting that President Joe Biden's Build Back Better agenda likely will not pass the Senate "until early 2022." As a result of the delay, there will be multiple adverse effects.
"The child tax credit (CTC) will lapse at the end of December without being renewed," Mediaite reports. "Under the current version of the CTC, families making up to $150,000 a year receive a monthly check of $300 for each child under six years old, and a $250 check for each child between ages six and 17."
Ocasio-Cortez went on to explain why it is not a solid defense to constantly place all the blame on entrist-leaning Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). “People want to ‘but Manchin’ everyone to death, but learned helplessness is not a disposition that inspires confidence or support,” Ocasio-Cortez added.
“The President has tools at his disposal. Leadership has tools at their disposal. If it really is just 1-2 votes, Senate should force a vote on BBB,” Ocasio-Cortez continued.
The lawmaker concluded with a brief overview of the course of action she would like to see Biden take in the very near future. "To secure votes for the Bipar Infra Bill, Biden *himself* came to House Progressives & told us was putting his credibility on the line to deliver BBB if CPC voted BIF.
She added, "They trusted him. I didn’t think he could promise the Senate. He promised anyway. It’s time for him to deliver."
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