Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, fired back at Joe Manchin after the Dem Senator from West Virginia hit the pause button on AOC’s dream $3.5 trillion spending plan.
But she went too far and accused him of ‘killing people’ by letting lobbyists write so-called ‘bipartisan’ fossil fuel bills’ causing many to wonder how long Joe will put up with this nonsense before switching to the GOP and handing the Senate to Mitch McConnell.
AOC said: “Manchin has weekly huddles with Exxon and is one of many senators who gives lobbyists their pen to write so-called ‘bipartisan’ fossil fuel bills. It’s killing people. Our people. At least 12 last night. Sick of this ‘bipartisan’ corruption that masquerades as clear-eyed moderation.”
She added, “Fossil fuel corps and dark money is destroying our democracy, country, & planet. All day our community has been pulling bodies out of homes from the flood. Entire families. And we’re supposed to entertain lobbyist talking points about why we should abandon people & do nothing? No.”
Speaking about the spending package at a West Virginia Chamber of Commerce event, Manchin said we need to ‘hit the pause button, let’s sit back, let’s see what happens. We have so much on our plate. We really have an awful lot. I think that would be the prudent, wise thing to do.”
Manchin wrote in the Wall Street Journal today:
“I, for one, won’t support a $3.5 trillion bill, or anywhere near that level of additional spending, without greater clarity about why Congress chooses to ignore the serious effects inflation and debt have on existing government programs.”
“The nation faces an unprecedented array of challenges and will inevitably encounter additional crises in the future.
“Yet some in Congress have a strange belief there is an infinite supply of money to deal with any current or future crisis, and that spending trillions upon trillions will have no negative consequence for the future. I disagree.
An overheating economy has imposed a costly “inflation tax” on every middle- and working-class American.
“At $28.7 trillion and growing, the nation’s debt has reached record levels. Over the past 18 months, we’ve spent more than $5 trillion responding to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Now Democratic congressional leaders propose to pass the largest single spending bill in history with no regard to rising inflation, crippling debt or the inevitability of future crises.
“Ignoring the fiscal consequences of our policy choices will create a disastrous future for the next generation of Americans.
Manchin has weekly huddles w/ Exxon & is one of many senators who gives lobbyists their pen to write so-called “bipartisan” fossil fuel bills.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 2, 2021
It’s killing people. Our people. At least 12 last night. Sick of this “bipartisan” corruption that masquerades as clear-eyed moderation. https://t.co/KW8w7HUhvT
Fossil fuel corps & dark money is destroying our democracy, country, & planet.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 2, 2021
All day our community has been pulling bodies out of homes from the flood. Entire families. And we’re supposed to entertain lobbyist talking points about why we should abandon people & do nothing? No.