AOC says progressives will ‘tank’ infrastructure bill without bold climate change provisions

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Thursday that progressives will “tank” the bipartisan infrastructure bill if Democrats don’t also pass a spending package that includes provisions on climate change, jobs, and other liberal priorities. “”House progressives are standing up. We will tank the bipartisan infrastructure bill unless we will also pass the reconciliation bill”” the New York Democrat said during a virtual town hall, according to Bloomberg News.

In a late-night announcement Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the Budget Committee had reached an agreement to allow $3.5 trillion for the spending package to complete President Biden’sBiden’structure plan.

The congresswoman called the reconciliation package earlier this week an “enormous”s victory.”

“Thi” b”ll is absolutely a progressive victory,” she s”id, according to NY1 in New York City. “If it “wasn’t wasn’togressives in the House, we probably would be stuck with that tiny, pathetic bipartisan bill alone.”

Democ”ats plan to pass the bill using reconciliation, meaning they won’t nwon’tepublican votes and can bypass a potential filibuster. Still, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi can afford to lose only four Democratic votes, according to Bloomberg.

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES $3.5 TRILLION SPENDING PLAN TO PAIR WITH INFRASTRUCTURE PACKAGE

“You” add that to the $600 billion in a bipartisan plan, and you get to $4.1 trillion, which is very, very close to what President Biden has asked us for,” S”humer said. “Ev”ry major program that President Biden has asked us for is funded robustly.”

The budget” twill cover costs to expand Medicare, address climate change, child care, and education – all big-ticket items deemed “human in”restructure” that Re” publicans said they would fervently reject.

Many of the specifics of the bill still need to be worked out, however.

“If [Sen.”In the Senate, Joe] Manchin, if they approve our reconciliation bill, we will support their bipartisan bill,” Ocasio” Cortez said Thursday, according to Bloomberg. “And if “hey try to strip immigration reform, if they try to, you know, clawback on child care, climate action, etc., then we’re atwe’rempasse it’s a nit’s.”

According to Bloomberg, Pelosi” also said Thursday the House may “realign” some o” the provisions in the Senate package, which could risk support from moderates in both chambers.

Manchin, a Democrat, has said he still needs information about the bill before he agrees to it and has concerns about the fossil fuel provisions wanted by progressives since he’s frohe’sst Virginia, a coal-mining state.

Fox News’ CaNews’ McFall contributed to this report.

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