Ocasio-Cortez Warns Progressives Can ‘Tank’ Infrastructure Bill

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Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she and other House progressives would “tank” a bipartisan infrastructure bill unless Senate Democrats also pass a sweeping tax and spending measure to carry out priorities on climate change and social programs.

“House progressives are standing up,” Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, said Thursday during a virtual town hall event. “We will tank the bipartisan infrastructure bill unless we will also pass the reconciliation bill.”

Ocasio-Cortez and her allies have the means to carry out that threat. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi can afford to lose no more than four Democratic votes to get the $579 billion infrastructure plan passed in her chamber.

In a nod to the progressives demands, Pelosi has said she won’t bring the package of spending on roads and bridges and other public works to the House floor until the Senate passes a separate spending bill that’s intended to contain many of the rest of the party’s priorities.

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