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Ocasio-Cortez: Democrats 'burning precious time' with GOP talks

Ocasio-Cortez: Democrats 'burning precious time' with GOP talks
© Greg Nash

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezSimmering Democratic tensions show signs of boiling over Out-of-touch Democrats running scared of progressives Progressives rally behind Omar while accusing her critics of bias MORE (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday suggested that Democrats risk squandering their majorities in Congress by negotiating with Republicans.

The second-term lawmaker, who blasted Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellWhy the Democrats need Joe Manchin Out-of-touch Democrats running scared of progressives The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Bipartisan group reaches infrastructure deal; many questions remain MORE (Ky.) and Republicans "who won't even vote" for a Jan. 6 commission, cited the early months of the Obama administration as a cautionary tale.

“During the Obama admin, folks thought we’d have a 60 Dem majority for a while. It lasted 4 months,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Wednesday afternoon. “Dems are burning precious time & impact negotiating w/GOP who won’t even vote for a Jan 6 commission. McConnell’s plan is to run out the clock. It’s a hustle. We need to move now.”



Her comments come as progressives are increasingly impatient with President BidenJoe BidenPutin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting How the infrastructure bill can help close the digital divide Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president MORE and some centrist Democrats in the Senate who insist on reaching across the aisle on infrastructure and other legislative priorities.

“Pres. Biden & Senate Dems should take a step back and ask themselves if playing patty-cake w GOP Senators is really worth the dismantling of people’s voting rights, setting the planet on fire, allowing massive corporations and the wealthy to not pay their fair share of taxes, etc,” Ocasio-Cortez added.

While she didn’t mention him by name, Ocasio-Cortez’s reference to “dismantling of people’s voting rights” came the same week that Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinWhy the Democrats need Joe Manchin Simmering Democratic tensions show signs of boiling over Out-of-touch Democrats running scared of progressives MORE (D-W.Va.) publicly came out against the Democrats' sweeping voting rights bill, the For The People Act. The Senate is slated to take up the House-passed bill later this month.