Politics 'Yes, I wept’: AOC explains why she cried over Iron Dome vote

00:10  25 september  2021
00:10  25 september  2021 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

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After changing her vote from ‘no’ to a noncommittal ‘present’ at the last moment, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was seen crying as the House passed funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system. The House passed a billion bill on Thursday to replenish Israel’s ‘ Iron Dome ’ missile defense system, depleted after a week of relentless rocket attacks from Palestinian militants this summer. The funding was originally included in a broader spending bill, but was voted on separately after progressives – including Ocasio-Cortez – threatened to scupper the legislation on Tuesday if it

AOC bursts into tears as Iron Dome 's bn funding is OVERWHELMINGLY approved in House 420-9: Rashida Tlaib is accused of anti-Semitism by fellow Dem after she called Israel a 'violent apartheid system'. She called Israel an 'apartheid state' that the US was 'enabling' Wednesday night. billion was originally allocated toward the Iron Dome in Democrats' continuing resolution to avert a partial government shutdown. It was swiftly removed from the bill after progressives threatened to tank it.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sent a letter to her constituents Friday explaining why she wept during a House vote this week on a stand-alone provision to fund Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system.

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The House voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to approve the Iron Dome provision after Democratic leadership was forced to pull it from a broader spending bill because lawmakers from the party's progressive wing objected, including Ocasio-Cortez’s fellow members of “the Squad”: Reps. Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley. Tlaib accused Israel of human rights abuses and war crimes during Thursday’s debate on the House floor.

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Iron Dome funding didn't make it past the Senate -- good! So happy the dems are cutting the iron dome funding. This post has been disliked 3 times. showSad that her buddies won't be able to get a shot in at "tha Jews" 7 min ago +3 I guess, as usual but why the present and not just no vote then?

She could be seen crying after she changed her vote from “no” to “present.” The New York Congresswoman memorably slammed former House Rep. Tulsi Gabbard for voting “present” on President Trump’s impeachment. 'Your hatred of Jews is showing': Given her earlier remarks today, Ilhan Omar is no doubt seething over House's vote to fund the Iron Dome . More kids in Chicago were shot this year than have died nationwide from Covid-19, so guess why Biden's traveling there next week.


During the vote, Ocasio-Cortez changed her vote from 'no' to 'present' and appeared to be in tears on the House floor, which she confirmed in her Friday letter.

“Yes, I wept,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “I wept at the complete lack of care for the human beings that are impacted by these decisions, I wept at an institution choosing a path of maximum volatility and minimum consideration for its own political convenience. And I wept at the complete lack of regard I often feel our party has to its most vulnerable and endangered members and communities — because the death threats and dangerous vitriol we’d inevitably receive by rushing such a sensitive, charged, and under-considered vote weren’t worth delaying it for even a few hours to help us do the work necessary to open a conversation of understanding.”

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On this episode of SYSTEM UPDATE: The Democratic Congresswoman from New York previously condemned former Tulsi Gabbard's "present" vote as an abdication of the duties of political leadership, arguing. Why does she arrogate to herself the right to do this? And why did she previously vote "present" on billion more in Capitol Police spending?

AOC appears to be crying on the House floor after she changed her vote from no 6o present, during voting on funding for Israel's Iron Dome .

Ocasio-Cortez added she felt the "rushed" bill happened outside regular order, and she asked House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer to delay the vote, a request he denied.

She wrote that she objected to both the substance of the bill and the process to pass it because she feels that “for far too long, the U.S. has handed unconditional aid to the Israeli government while doing nothing to address or raise the persistent human rights abuses against the Palestinian people.”

In remarks on the House Floor Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who supported the measure, said the Iron Dome is “a purely defensive system, designed to safeguard all civilians living in Israel,” adding the funding “simply continues and strengthens this support.”

Ocasio-Cortez wrote Thursday’s vote “wasn’t the first time people’s wellbeing was tossed aside for political convenience, and sadly I do not believe it will be the last.”

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  House passes $1B for Israel's Iron Dome after progressive dustup The funding was stripped from a stopgap funding bill and scheduled for its own vote after liberals protested.Moderate Democrats had pushed for a standalone vote on the Iron Dome funding, which totals $1 billion, amid an uproar over leadership’s decision to strip it from a stopgap spending bill aimed at averting a government shutdown at the end of the month.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the world's smartest socialist, broke down weeping on the House floor yesterday after learning that her vote of "present" on Iron Dome funding for Israel did not in fact mean that she gets to open some presents. Ocasio-Cortez voted "present" on the bill and then excitedly asked her peers when she would receive her present. You voted present, which means you don't want to kill the Jews." "What?" said a horrified Ocasio-Cortez. "It doesn't mean I get presents?" She then broke down crying . "All for naught!

AOC appears to be crying on the House floor after she voted 'present' for funding to replenish Israel’s Iron Dome Defense Systems pic.twitter.com/KwEp4Eq59U. The subsequent vote was an overwhelming 420-9, which included merely eight Democrat "no" votes and one from among the Republicans. Additionally South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson came out swinging. He said, "The Democratic Party has come under an extraordinary, bizarre influence of a group of anti-semites who also hate the state of Israel."


“To those I have disappointed — I am deeply sorry. To those who believe this reasoning is insufficient or cowardice — I understand. To those who asked me to quell the volatility of this moment in our community, which constituted the majority of constituent feedback our office received - I hope we can take this moment and opportunity to more deeply engage in and grow a true, substantive movement of community support for human rights around the world - which includes cherishing and respecting the human rights of Palestinian people,” she added.

In addition to Ocasio-Cortez, her fellow Democratic Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia also voted 'present' on Iron Dome funding.

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Rashida Tlaib Doubles Down on 'Apartheid' in Israel Remarks After Bipartisan Criticism .
"The bipartisan attacks launched at me for speaking a factual truth about the apartheid system in Israel will not intimidate or silence this girl," the Michigan Democrat tweeted Friday.Tlaib, a Michigan Democrat who is the only Palestinian member of Congress, received pushback from members of both parties who support Israel after she and other progressives voted against the $1 billion funding, which overwhelmingly passed the House on Thursday. The funding was intended to replenish the Iron Dome's missiles supply following several violent clashes earlier this year.

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