- Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said it is not enough for Democrats to say they are not Trump.
- She said turnout would suffer if Democrats make promises they do not keep.
- She also said the adoption of the Build Back Better Act would mean they actually delivered.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said the idea that voters should elect Democrats simply because they are not former President Donald Trump is a “deeply demoralizing message.”
In an interview with The New York Times published Sunday, the New York congresswoman said Democrats could be in trouble if they do not live up to the promises made to voters.
“The speeches are not enough,” she said. “You have to give me something to work with, with my communities. And if you are not, then how can I argue that they should show up again?”
She lamented the cuts and compromises made in the Build Back Better Act, the $ 2 trillion social spending package and the two-party infrastructure bill for not living up to promises.
“Let’s not go around saying, ‘We have to replace all the lead pipes in this country,’ because according to the two-part infrastructure plan, it’s not going to happen. It has not been funded,” she said.
Ocasio-Cortez added that turnout will suffer if Democrats make promises they do not keep.
“And this notion that it’s enough to say ‘We are not Trump’ – that’s such a deeply demoralizing message,” she told The Times.
Progressive and centrist Democrats have clashed over Biden’s domestic agenda, particularly with regard to the social spending package, which underwent major cuts following opposition from Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema during the summer.
The bill includes, among other things, funds for universal preschool, child tax deduction and the expansion of Medicare. It passed Parliament on Friday and is now going to the Senate, where it needs the support of any Democrat in order to pass.
Ocasio-Cortez told The Times that if the bill passes the Senate as it is, then Democrats have “a chance to return to our communities and say we have delivered.”
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