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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly had a tense meeting with Democrats who feel the emergency border funding bill does not do enough to address the humanitarian crisis.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., again dismissed freshman like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., downplaying the amount of power they had amid a flurry of attention the media gave them.
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“All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” Pelosi said of Reps.Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass.
Her comments came during a New York Times interview, published on Saturday after those four voted against a Republican measure funding humanitarian assistance at the border -- something Pelosi eventually backed amid reports of poor conditions at migrant holding facilities.
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Pelosi followed her Twitter comments, saying "But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”
Members in that group have been pushing the party to the left on a number of major issues, including immigration. As Congress was weighing whether to pass that multi-billion dollar spending package, each of the four signed onto a statement accusing immigration enforcement of "killing" children.
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"These radicalized, criminal agencies are destroying families and killing innocent children," the statement read. The freshman lawmakers argued that it was "unconsionable" to provide additional funding for both Immigration and Customs Enforcement as well as Customs and Border Protection.
After the bill passed both chambers, Ocasio-Cortez lamented the fact that politicians rejected amendments she said would provide accountability for how immigration enforcement spent federal funds.
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Her comments appeared to highlight a growing divide between more moderate members and progressive newcomers in the party. Pelosi, according to the Times, seemed unphased by internal criticism, "breezily" telling the Times: "If the left doesn’t...
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