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PoliticsOcasio-Cortez Accuses Republicans of 'Hostage-Taking'

22:40  06 january  2019
22:40  06 january  2019 Source:   newsweek.com

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Progressive Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez has accused Republican leaders of “ hostage - taking ” with the ongoing government shutdown, which has seen hundreds of thousands of federal employees either furloughed or forced to work without pay.

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Ocasio-Cortez Accuses Republicans of 'Hostage-Taking'© AP Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, left, and D-N.Y., Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., center, walk down the House steps to take a group photograph of the House Democratic women members of the 116th Congress on the East Front Capitol Plaza on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, as the 116th Congress begins. Also pictured is Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., right. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Progressive Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez has accused Republican leaders of “hostage-taking” with the ongoing government shutdown, which has seen hundreds of thousands of federal employees either furloughed or forced to work without pay.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Sunday accused Republicans of “ hostage - taking ” with the government shutdown over border security. In a tweet, the freshman Democrat urged Republicans that if they want a border wall, to “propose and pass a bill like anybody else.”

Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez (/oʊˌkɑːsioʊ kɔːrˈtɛz/; Spanish: [oˈkasjo koɾˈtes]; born October 13, 1989), often referred to by her initials, AOC

Posting to Twitter on Sunday, the self-identified socialist, who represents New York, slammed GOP politicians for refusing to budge on President Donald Trump’s demands to build a wall along the southern border between the United State and Mexico. Re-sharing a tweet from House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a Democrat who represents Maryland, Ocasio-Cortez cortez said Republicans are targeting “innocent” people with the shutdown.

“If the GOP wants a wall so badly, they can try to propose and pass a bill like anybody else,” the congresswoman wrote. “Instead, they are seizing gov operations + innocent people’s pay until they get what they want [sic],” she added. “This is called hostage-taking. And no one can compromise or negotiate with that.”

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Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez , D-N.Y., accused the GOP of having a “ hostage situation” where Republicans shy away from speaking against President Trump. Ocasio - Cortez said it was “unacceptable” for Republicans to not challenge Trump, and said there was “no question” she would

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In Hoyer’s original post, he pointed out that Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican representing Kentucky, refused to sign bills passed by Democrats in the House and Republicans in the Senate that would have reopened the government because it did not include funding for a border wall. Experts have consistently pointed out that such a structure, for which Trump is demanding $5 billion, would be ineffective, not to mention exorbitantly costly.

Last month, Trump initiated a partial government shutdown when he refused to sign a bipartisan temporary budget put forward by Congress. About 800,000 federal workers have gone without pay since before Christmas as a result. However, Trump has thus far refused to compromise on his proposed wall, leading to a political stalemate. On Saturday, he shared a meme to Twitter featuring his face and the words: “The wall Is coming.”

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Speaking on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, Hoyer pointed out that his party has already compromised, supporting Republican measures that add about $1.3 billion for border security. He also said Democrats, who control the House, plan to pass legislation this week that would aim to re-open specific federal agencies.

Ocasio-Cortez Accuses Republicans of 'Hostage-Taking'© MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images President Donald Trump inspects border wall prototypes with Chief Patrol Agent Rodney S. Scott in San Diego, California on March 13, 2018

"What we ought to do is open up the government first. And that’s what we’re going to do," he said. "I would hope that Senator McConnell would take the responsibility as the leader of the co-equal branch of government, the legislative branch, and send this to the president."

Ocasio-Cortez isn’t the first Democrat to suggest Trump and Republican leaders are taking hostages. Others have made the same comparison as well.

Democratic Representative Hakeem Jeffries of New York sat down with CNN’s New Day program last week, arguing Trump was holding American taxpayers “hostage” with the shutdown. He compared the billions of dollars the president has demanded to construct the wall to a “ransom note.”

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