Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has called Joe Biden’s refusal to take executive action on the US rescue plan – a $1.9 trillion (£1.4 trillion) social-spending bill signed in March – a “slogan”.
In an interview published by NS new York Times On Sunday, the member of Congress, a Democrat from New York, said, “There was some good faith with the US rescue plan. But after that, which was pretty quick, it’s been a little bit difficult.”
“I don’t really direct this criticism directly at the White House. I think, in general, the party doesn’t fully understand what’s happening in dark blue communities,” she added.
He added that Democrats need to keep promises made by the president and more conservative Democrat holdouts because “if those promises are not followed, it will be very difficult for them to get votes on anything going forward, because The trust that was already so fragile must have been broken.”
Ms Ocasio-Cortez, or AOC, as she is informally known, said the “stakes are really, really high.”
He added that “the whole reason the Progressive Caucus casts its vote”. [for the infrastructure bill] was based on direct promises from the president, as well as direct promises from more conservative Democratic holdouts. And also from the leadership of the House.”
She said that if Democrats pass the Build Back Better Act, of which the US rescue plan is a part, as the House passed, “that we have a shot at going back to our communities and say we delivered. “
But she cautioned that this is “not to say that the process is not demoralizing for many people, because big promises were made. Not only in the beginning, and not only during the election, but it continues to be made.”
She said she raised the alarm “because that’s really what skews turnout, when Democrats make promises they don’t keep.”
“I think the worst and most vulnerable we can be in is over-promise and under-deliver,” Ms Ocasio-Cortez said.
Asked what was lacking in the White House’s approach to progressives, Ms Ocasio-Cortez said simply “talking is not enough.”
“Yeah, Is Childcare Great? Absolutely. Universal Pre-K [a policy that will enable families to enrol children of pre-school age in publicly funded kindergarten]’It’s something I deeply, deeply support,'” she said.
Ms Ocasio-Cortez, however, attacked what she called a “top-down strategy of the party when it comes to our base”.
“We are always giving them medication and telling them what they need to accept, as opposed to actually monitoring where the energy is, and being accountable to it. And that allows our strategy to be shaped.” she explained.
Ms Ocasio-Cortez said the infrastructure plan was the kind of investment that was “deeply needed in underserved communities like the Bronx”.
But he criticized that every single person in the party was doing a “victory lap” in the face of minor problems of their voters, while not actually fixing such problems.
“… if we as a party are asking every single person in this party to take a victory lap, and hold a news conference in front of a bridge or a pothole, and we’re not funding and really I’m fixing that pit, so I’m very worried about how people will interpret it a year from now,” she said.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk /