Former Ocasio-Cortez spokesman: Biden doesn't 'have time' to wait for Manchin's approval on agenda

No Excuses PAC founder Corbin Trent, a former spokesperson for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezAdams, Garcia lead in NYC mayor's race: poll House Republicans introduce resolution to censure the 'squad' This week: Democrats face fractures in spending fight MORE (D-N.Y.), said Monday that the incoming Biden administration “[doesn’t] have time” to tailor its agenda around what will get Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinIn Congress, what goes on behind closed doors? Jayapal to Dems: Ditch bipartisanship, go it alone on infrastructure Harris discusses voting rights with advocates in South Carolina MORE’s (D-W.V.) vote in the Senate.

President-elect BidenJoe BidenFormer Rep. Rohrabacher says he took part in Jan. 6 march to Capitol but did not storm building Saudis picked up drugs in Cairo used to kill Khashoggi: report Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting MORE, Trent said, “seems like maybe he gets that we’re in a moment right now that’s going to require swift action … he’s talking about spending trillions of dollars on infrastructure, he’s talking about going big when it comes to sending people direct payments, and then you’ve got people like Joe Manchin that are going to be trying to pull back the party and hold us back.”

“I think we just don’t have time for that,” he added, surmising that the administration had approximately “six months to get some work done, to actually have an impact on people’s lives.”

Trent, whose PAC has launched ads pressuring Manchin to support $2,000 direct payments, noted the job losses in the last month, adding, “We’re seeing things get worse, not better … to think that we can just close our eyes and hope for the best would be insane at this point.”

Manchin and Ocasio-Cortez are at opposite ends of the Democratic political spectrum, with the West Virginia senator representing a red state where President TrumpDonald TrumpDOJ asks Supreme Court to revive Boston Marathon bomber death sentence, in break with Biden vow Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting DOJ tells media execs that reporters were not targets of investigations MORE is especially popular.

They have battled over various issues over the last several weeks.