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Pelosi on disagreement with Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Tlaib, Pressley: 'They're four people and that's how many votes they got'

House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: Biden: US to hit 200M vaccine target on Wednesday | House Dems to unveil drug pricing measure ahead of Biden package | FDA finds multiple failures at J&J plant House Dems to unveil drug pricing measure ahead of Biden package House Democrats eye passing DC statehood bill for second time MORE (D-Calif.), in an interview with a New York Times opinion columnist, said that despite their popularity, progressive congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezKerry: China described climate change as 'crisis' for the first time Left feels empowered after Biden backtracks on refugees Ocasio-Cortez: Chauvin 'verdict is not a substitute for policy change' MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarLeft feels empowered after Biden backtracks on refugees Lawmakers react to guilty verdict in Chauvin murder trial: 'Our work is far from done' House rejects GOP resolution to censure Waters MORE (D-Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibHouse rejects GOP resolution to censure Waters Can policing be reformed? GOP believes Democrats handing them winning 2022 campaign MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyPressley: Black men 'deserve to grow old' Pelosi on power in DC: 'You have to seize it' FDA ends restrictions on mailing abortion pills during pandemic MORE (D-Mass.) each only get one vote. 

Pelosi's comments follow a recent split between the four lawmakers and more moderate House Democrats over a House-passed spending measure aimed at helping migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. The House passed a border funding bill 230-195, mostly along party lines, but with opposition from Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Tlaib and Pressley. 

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The freshman lawmakers issued a joint statement saying they would vote against the bill, which they say "gives even more money to ICE and CBP and continues to support a fundamentally cruel and broken immigration system."

Pelosi told The Times in an interview published Saturday that she believes the four freshman lawmakers made themselves irrelevant by voting against “our bill.”

“All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” she said. “But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”

The lower chamber later changed course and voted to approve a Senate funding bill 305-102 that had bipartisan support but was opposed by progressives in the House.