Ocasio-Cortez accuses Republicans of 'hostage-taking' with border wall demands

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez fires back at Jamie Dimon after CEO dismisses Green New Deal Inslee: We want world to know 'there is still intelligent life in the US' The importance of moderate voters MORE (D-N.Y.) on Sunday accused Republicans of “hostage-taking” with the government shutdown over border security.

In a tweet, the freshman Democrat urged Republicans that if they want a border wall, to “propose and pass a bill like anybody else.”

“If the GOP wants a wall so badly, they can try to propose and pass a bill like anybody else,” she tweeted. “Instead, they are seizing gov operations + innocent people’s pay until they get what they want.”

“This is called hostage-taking,” she added. “And no one can compromise or negotiate with that.”

The comment comes as the partial government shutdown resulting from a standoff over President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral MORE’s request for border wall funding enters its third week.

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The House last week passed legislation to reopen the government without border wall funding, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral GOP senator: Trump's criticism of McCain 'deplorable' McConnell calls McCain a 'rare patriot' and 'American hero' after Trump criticism MORE (R-Ky.) said that the Senate will not vote on legislation without assurances that that Trump will sign it.

Trump refused to sign any legislation that does not include more than $5 billion for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Democratic leaders have stood by their refusal to not allocate additional funds for the wall.

The president has threatened to keep the government shut down for “years,” and said he may declare a national emergency to build the wall.