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Politics Ocasio-Cortez targets Manchin over Haaland confirmation

14:53  23 february  2021
14:53  23 february  2021 Source:   thehill.com

Manchin Says He’ll Support Haaland’s Confirmation as Interior Secretary

  Manchin Says He’ll Support Haaland’s Confirmation as Interior Secretary Manchin said he would back Haaland, though the two do not see eye-to-eye on drilling on federal lands or the Keystone XL oil pipeline. “I believe Deb Haaland will be a secretary of the Interior for every American and will vote to confirm her,″ Manchin said in a statement. “While we do not agree on every issue, she reaffirmed her strong commitment to bipartisanship, addressing the diverse needs of our country and maintaining our nation’s energy independence.″ He noted that Haaland’s House colleagues from both parties, including Representative Don Young (R.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) took aim at Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) over a report he is undecided on the confirmation of Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), President Biden's nominee for Interior secretary.

Joe Manchin wearing a suit and tie: Ocasio-Cortez targets Manchin over Haaland confirmation © Getty Ocasio-Cortez targets Manchin over Haaland confirmation

"Jeff Sessions was so openly racist that even Reagan couldn't appoint him," the New York congresswoman tweeted on Monday, in reference to former President Trump's first attorney general. "Manchin voted to confirm him. Sessions then targeted immigrant children for wide-scale human rights abuses w/ family separation. Yet the 1st Native woman to be Cabinet Sec is where Manchin finds unease?"

Interior nominee Haaland vows 'balance' on energy, climate

  Interior nominee Haaland vows 'balance' on energy, climate Haaland would be the first Native American to lead a Cabinet agency, but her stance on oil and gas drilling has stirred GOP opposition.Deb Haaland, a New Mexico congresswoman named to lead the Interior Department, said she is committed to “strike the right balance” as the agency manages energy development and seeks to restore and protect the nation's sprawling federal lands.

Ocasio-Cortez tweeted in response to a report that the West Virginia Democrat has "remaining questions" about Haaland, whose confirmation hearing before the Senate Energy Committee is set for Tuesday.


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".@DebHaalandNM is a profound public servant and champion for working families," Ocasio-Cortez said in a subsequent post. "Her appointment as Sec of the Interior would be historic, and her leadership holds the promise of progress for our country. Call your Senator to support her confirmation."

Manchin forces Democrats to hit the brakes, but he’s not in the driver’s seat

  Manchin forces Democrats to hit the brakes, but he’s not in the driver’s seat Even with the Democrats' trifecta control of Washington in both chambers of Congress and the White House, every piece of the Democratic agenda faces one key question: What does Joe Manchin think of it? © Provided by Washington Examiner The West Virginia senator, who is one of the most conservative Democrats in the Senate and the only statewide Democrat who was elected in a state that President Biden lost by 39 points, effectively has veto power over any measures that Democrats want to pass without Republican support in a 50-50 divided Senate.

Manchin is a pivotal vote in the evenly divided Senate, with Democrats forced to find at least one alternate Republican vote in scenarios in which he votes no.

Last week, he announced he would oppose the nomination of Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden as director of the Office of Management and Budget. Tanden's confirmation is in jeopardy after several moderate Republicans also announced their opposition.

Last November, Ocasio-Cortez responded to a tweet by Manchin with an image of her appearing to glower at him at the State of the Union. Manchin had earlier linked to an article about his opposition to ending the Senate filibuster while knocking calls from lawmakers, such as Ocasio-Cortez, to defund police.

She also hit back at Manchin in December after he criticized her tenure in the House in another spat between the progressive and centrist lawmakers.

Joe Manchin: The most important senator in Washington .
On Saturday, West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin announced that he would not support Neera Tanden, President Joe Biden's pick as director of the Office of Management and Budget. © Drew Angerer/Getty Images Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) arrives at the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. Four days later, Tanden's nomination appears all but doomed, as the White House continues to express confidence in her chances publicly while scouting for replacements in the event they have to pull her nomination.

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