This past Thursday, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) began slinging accusations that accused “conservative Democrats” of intentionally holding moire progressive Democrats such as herself “hostage.”
In remarks made this past Thursday on The Dean Obeidallah Show, Omar stated that the more conservative members of her political party are the ones at fault for the speed bumps being hit by Old Uncle Joe’s $3.5 trillion spending package.
“What’s gonna happen if you can’t have a vote on Monday, on the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill, or some version of that? Is there going to be a vote on this bipartisan loan, is that actually gonna happen?” questioned Dean Obeidallah to Omar as part of the interview on his program.
Serving on the Congressional Progressive Caucus whip, Omar responded to the question by stating that she thinks more than half of the progressive caucus is downright ready to “vote this bill down if there is a change in strategy.”
“Senate progressive leaders put out a statement today reminding conservative Democrats that there was a deal made, and the deal was that we will support the infrastructure bill if they supported the reconciliation budget resolution,’ stated Omar.
“If they go back on their deal, we’re going back on our deal,” she promised. “And I don’t think anybody wants that to happen because it doesn’t benefit any one of us.”
The $3.5 trillion social spending bill from Old Uncle Joe has been the headline cause of quite a bit of infighting among progressive and more moderate Democrats. The Senate’s most moderate Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), stated that he will not be voting for the legislation. At the same time, quite a few progressive Democrats such as Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) are stating that they will not be in support of any spending bill that is less than the promised $3.5 trillion.
“I and many progressives continue to remind our caucus and senators that the Biden agenda is our agenda, is the agenda of the people,” Omar stated.
“Progressives … have made lots of compromises to get us here, and you know, we are currently being held hostage by conservative Democrats who are doing the bidding of Big Pharma, Big Oil, and Wall Street,” added the congresswoman.
“But I am optimistic that we will overcome and we will deliver on behalf of the American people,” she finished.
This titan of a spending bill from Old Uncle Joe spreads the spending out over the course of a decade which goes against what we saw last year with the COVID relief bills, which almost entirely included a series of immediate disbursements of funds to try and let the American public try to survive the pandemic.
“We don’t have the need to rush into this and get it done within one week because there’s some deadline we’re meeting or someone’s going to fall through the cracks,” stated Manchin.
“I want to make sure that children are getting taken care of, that people are basically having an opportunity to go back to work. We have 11 million jobs that we haven’t filled, 8 million people still unemployed. Something’s not matching up there,” ended the senator.