Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez alluded to a morbid reality while arguing against Democratic senators negotiating with Republicans: Democratic senators are old, and Republicans could suddenly take back the Senate majority if one dies.
In a tweet on Wednesday, the New York Democratic representative argued that Democratic senators should put less focus on trying to cut a deal with Republicans on an infrastructure bill or other measures and instead push through those items through the rarely used reconciliation process, which lets Democrats bypass the 60-vote threshold to overcome a filibuster. That process allowed the evenly divided Democratic-controlled Senate to push the American Rescue Plan earlier this year.
Ocasio-Cortez said that Democrats are “burning precious time & impact negotiating w/GOP” and that “McConnell’s plan is to run out the clock.”
“During the Obama admin, folks thought we’d have a 60 Dem majority for a while. It lasted 4 months,” she said, a reference to when Democratic Massachusetts