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

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 PelosiHopes dim for passage of Trump trade deal Anti-ICE protesters demonstrate near Pelosi’s office Facebook finds itself dragged into border controversy MORE (D-Calif.), in an interview with a New York Times opinion columnist, said that despite their popularity, progressive congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezInternal memo shows officials were aware of Border Patrol agent Facebook group as early as February 2018: report Study touts planting 1 trillion trees as most effective climate change solution Sanders hits back at Biden’s skepticism of progressive appeal MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarIn this next presidential campaign, let’s include Muslim voters Progressive Democrat after border defeat: Since when did Problem Solvers become ‘the Child Abuse Caucus’ The four House Democrats who voted against the border funding bill MORE (D-Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibThe Hill’s Morning Report – Harris, Warren rise and Biden tumbles after debates Ocasio-Cortez says ‘humane’ shelters have space following visits to border facilities Democratic lawmakers pay tense visit to Texas migrant facility MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyPresident of National Border Patrol Council: ‘Ocasio-Cortez is trying to dehumanize us’ Ocasio-Cortez invites the US women’s soccer team to visit Congress after France win Tlaib rolls out bill to create tax credit for low- and middle-class people MORE (D-Mass.) each only get one vote. 

Pelosi’s comments follow a recent split between progressives and moderate Democrats over a $4.6 billion spending package passed by Congress last week aimed at remedying issues at the U.S.-Mexico border. Some progressives opposed the bill.

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 bill passed 305-102, with 95 Democrats voting against it. 

Ocasio-Cortez tweeted ahead of the bill’s passage that “under no circumstances should the House vote for a McConnell-only bill w/ no negotiation with Democrats. Hell no.” She particularly noted that the bill did not include what she called “crucial amendments to protect children and families.”

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