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Ocasio-Cortez targets Manchin over Haaland confirmation

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezProgressives won't oppose bill over limits on stimulus checks Bipartisan bill would ban lawmakers from buying, selling stocks The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - J&J vax rollout today; third woman accuses Cuomo MORE (D-N.Y.) took aim at Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinOvernight Defense: Capitol Police may ask National Guard to stay | Biden's Pentagon policy nominee faces criticism | Naval Academy midshipmen moved to hotels Progressives won't oppose bill over limits on stimulus checks Senate votes to take up COVID-19 relief bill MORE (D-W.Va.) over a report he is undecided on the confirmation of Rep. Deb HaalandDeb HaalandThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Increased security on Capitol Hill amid QAnon's March 4 date Murkowski votes with Senate panel to advance Haaland nomination OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Interior reverses Trump policy that it says restricted science | Collins to back Haaland's Interior nomination | Republicans press Biden environment nominee on Obama-era policy MORE (D-N.M.), President BidenJoe BidenTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot FireEye finds evidence Chinese hackers exploited Microsoft email app flaw since January Biden officials to travel to border amid influx of young migrants MORE’s nominee for Interior secretary.

Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTanden withdraws nomination as Biden budget chief Manchin flexes muscle in 50-50 Senate Udalls: Haaland criticism motivated 'by something other than her record' MORE was so openly racist that even Reagan couldn’t appoint him,” the New York congresswoman tweeted on Monday, in reference to former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot Intelligence community investigating links between lawmakers, Capitol rioters Michelle Obama slams 'partisan actions' to 'curtail access to ballot box' MORE’s first attorney general. “Manchin voted to confirm him. Sessions then targeted immigrant children for wide-scale human rights abuses w/ family separation. Yet the 1st Native woman to be Cabinet Sec is where Manchin finds unease?”

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Ocasio-Cortez tweeted in response to a report that the West Virginia Democrat has “remaining questions” about Haaland, whose confirmation hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is set for Tuesday.    

.@DebHaalandNM is a profound public servant and champion for working families,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a subsequent post. “Her appointment as Sec of the Interior would be historic, and her leadership holds the promise of progress for our country. Call your Senator to support her confirmation.”

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Manchin is a pivotal vote in the evenly divided Senate, with Democrats forced to find at least one alternate Republican vote in scenarios in which he votes "no."

Last week, he announced he would oppose the nomination of Center for American Progress President Neera TandenNeera TandenOvernight Defense: Capitol Police may ask National Guard to stay | Biden's Pentagon policy nominee faces criticism | Naval Academy midshipmen moved to hotels White House says Shalanda Young could serve as acting OMB director Republicans blast Pentagon policy nominee over tweets, Iran nuclear deal MORE as director of the Office of Management and Budget. Tanden's confirmation is in jeopardy after several moderate Republicans also announced their opposition.

In November, Ocasio-Cortez responded to a tweet by Manchin with an image of her appearing to glower at him at the State of the Union. Manchin had earlier linked to an article about his opposition to ending the Senate filibuster while knocking calls from lawmakers, such as Ocasio-Cortez, to defund police.

She also hit back at Manchin in December after he criticized her tenure in the House in another spat between the progressive and centrist lawmakers.