AOC warns Dems on overselling infrastructure bill after no vote



Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez warned her party over “messaging” on the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill she voted against last week — saying the spending will fix “some” lead pipes but not all of them.

A series of tweets by the New York Democrat from Harlem came on Sunday after she and five other Democrats took some heat for voting against the bill.

“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,” AOC wrote on Twitter.

“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.”

AOC and others had hoped to tie the infrastructure bill to the Build Back Better bill, a $1.75-trillion social spending plan. Progressives argued separating the two would doom BBB.

She tweeted a screenshot of a President Joe Biden post saying the infrastructure deal would help get rid of the nation’s dangerous lead pipes with the presidents pledge that “every kid in this country will be able to turn on the tap and drink clean water.”

“It’s not just that we made these promises before – look at how the infra bill is being messaged *now*,” AOC wrote along with the picture.

New water pipes awaiting installation are shown along the route of a national mile-long march, which was held to highlight the push for clean water in Flint February 19, 2016 in Flint, Michigan.
AOC said the infrastructure spending will fix “some” lead pipes but not all of them.
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“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.”

The infrastructure bill should be described as a step, but “messaging it as a solution alone is going to get us into trouble,” she said.

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


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