AOC Issues Warning To Joe Biden: “If those promises do not get fulfilled, it will make future passage of anything much more difficult, BIF will look like a cakewalk”

Alexandria Ocaso-Cortez issued a warning to President Biden to keep his promises after his infrastructure bill passed. She also accused Biden of telling a whopper about what is in the bill.

AOC said: “It’s not just that we made these promises before – look at how the infra bill is being messaged *now.* I respect the President and the leg feat he just accomplished. But this is simply wrong. We did not fund the replacement of every child’s pipe & we shouldn’t tell people we did.

“If those promises do not get fulfilled, it will make future passage of anything much more difficult. BIF will look like a cakewalk.

The cost to replace every lead pipe in the United States is $45-60 billion. BIF only gives $15b. Without BBB, many communities historically denied clean water will continue to be denied. Build Back Better has lead $ for disadvantaged communities. We must keep pushing for BBB.

I want to protect our party from the disappointment and collapse in turnout from communities like mine that occurs when we tell them we did things we didn’t do.

“We shouldn’t promise all lead pipes will be fixed if that is not the case. Some will, most won’t. “We must push for BBB.

“We can and should message BIF as a step, but messaging it as a solution alone is going to get us into trouble.

“BBB contains the majority of the presidents agenda. We must keep going and ensure the promises are delivered

She also fired back at James Carvellie who blamed the stunning losses the Dems saw recently on her band of woke politics. She said:

“Like the average audience for people seriously using the word ‘woke’ in a 2021 political discussion are James Carville and Fox News pundits, so that should tell you all you need to know.

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“And before people disingenuously complain ‘woke’ is denigrating to older people, it’s actually pundits like Carville using terms like ‘woke’ to insult voters under 45 that’s denigrating.

“One dangerous aspect of thinking there’s a ‘woke problem’ is that Dem chances for re-election or majorities in House, Senate, & WH rely on the racial justice issue of voting rights. Dems distancing from racial justice makes protection of voting rights less likely, ensuring losses. “‘Woke’ is a term pundits are now using as a derogatory euphemism for civil rights & justice. Making up a ‘woke’ problem results in putting civil & voting rights on the backburner. In a year state legislatures are planning out GOP majorities & voter suppression, that’s dangerous.

“People think Fox News is just about indoctrinating right-wingers, but it’s also about conditioning Dems on what to run away from. Framing racial justice as ‘controversial’ is key to delaying the protection of voting rights (& others) until it’s too late. We shouldn’t indulge it.”

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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