Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi caved to mounting pressure from Republicans, moderates, and centrist Democrats Thursday; saying she will support a bipartisan border funding bill despite widespread opposition from progressives in her own party.
“House Speaker Nancy Pelosi abruptly backed down Thursday from her push to include restrictions on immigration enforcement in a must-pass border funding bill, moving instead to bring a bipartisan Senate version for a vote following intense pressure from Republicans and moderates in her own party,” reports Fox News.
“At stake is a critical $4.5 billion bill to combat the humanitarian crisis at the southern border, which lawmakers want to pass before Congress leaves for the July 4 recess. The Senate already approved its bill 84-8 on Wednesday, after rejecting an earlier House version,” adds Fox.
“In order to get resources to the children fastest, we will reluctantly pass the Senate bill. As we pass the Senate bill, we will do so with a Battle Cry as to how we go forward to protect children in a way that truly honors their dignity and worth,” Pelosi told her colleagues.
Progressives -including Rep. Ocasio-Cortez- railed against Pelosi’s decision.
“Under no circumstances should the House vote for a McConnell-only bill w/ no negotiation with Democrats. Hell no,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., tweeted. “That’s an abdication of power we should refuse to accept. They will keep hurting kids if we do.”
Under no circumstances should the House vote for a McConnell-only bill w/ no negotiation with Democrats. Hell no.
That’s an abdication of power we should refuse to accept. They will keep hurting kids if we do.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 27, 2019
“The Shelby-Leahy legislation has unified the Appropriations Committee. It has unified the Senate. The administration would sign it into law,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said in a statement. “So all our House colleagues need to do to help the men, women, and children on the border this week is pass this unifying bipartisan bill and send it on to the president.”
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
AOC IMPLODES: Ocasio-Cortez Blames Sinking Poll Numbers on ‘Far Right Propaganda’ and ‘Dark Money’
Embattled Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez weighed-in Thursday night on her sinking poll numbers among independents across the country; blaming the sudden drop on “far right propaganda” and a “dark money internet operation.”
“It’s almost as though there is a directed + concerted far-right propaganda machine with a whole cable news channel, and a dark-money internet operation propped up by the Mercers et al dedicated to maligning me & stoking nat’l division, reported on by @JaneMayerNYer or something,” posted Rep. Ocasio-Cortez on social media.
It’s almost as though there is a directed + concerted far-right propaganda machine with a whole cable news channel, and a dark-money internet operation propped up by the Mercers et al dedicated to maligning me & stoking nat’l division, reported on by @JaneMayerNYer or something https://t.co/HChBp04c8W
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 29, 2019
Her comments come days after her fellow Democratic lawmakers refused to publicly endorse the ‘Green New Deal,’ voting “present” when the massive legislation was called to a full vote in the US Senate.
AOC IMPLODES: Ocasio-Cortez Posts Climate Change Rant While Assembling Furniture, Says ’12 Years Left’
Controversial Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez confused countless Americans this week; posting a bizarre rant on social media while assembling furniture that warned the US has just “12 years left” before “the world ends.”
On Instagram live, AOC just compared climate change and the world ending in 12 years to the civil rights movement and people protesting against African-Americans… pic.twitter.com/6fcC74h5ny
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) April 4, 2019
“How many years until the world ends again? We have 12 years left to cut emissions by at least 50% if not more. For everyone who wants to make a joke about that, you may laugh, but your grandkids will not,” said Ocasio-Cortez.
“You look back and you open history books on the Civil Rights Movement, and you see those folks who are protesting… People who are trying to mock and delay this moment… I just feel bad for you,” she added.