When politicians run a campaign on promises to the people, it’s kind of rare that they keep their word. Just look at President Donald Trump, he’s trying to build the wall, just like he said during his campaign, even if causes damage to our economy and country the longer he keeps the government closed.
One of the reasons Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won her historic election is because she promised to “Abolish ICE” and now she’s backing that up.
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A Democratic lawmaker proposed a bill yesterday in D.C. — H.J.Res. 28 (“Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019”)— that has the chance to reopen the government. The fine print, however, is what led Ocasio-Cortez to vote against the bill, making her the only Democrat in the House to vote against it.
The bill included, among other things, funding that would go toward the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Ocasio-Cortez, a strong supporter of the #AbolishICE movement voted against it.
“Most of our votes are pretty straightforward, but today was a tough/nuanced call,” Ocasio-Cortez said on her Instagram story. “We didn’t vote with the party because one of the spending bills included ICE funding, and our community felt strongly about not funding that.”
NBC News reports that the bill, despite her vote against it, passed anyway with 220 Democrats for it, along with a handful of Republicans. However, because the law doesn’t include funding for ICE, the Senate will likely vote against it. It makes sense that she voted against this bill because she faced scrutiny after she voted for a previous proposal that would provide funding for ICE through Feb. 8.
“We were having conversations with our community after we voted for DHS [Department of Homeland Security] funding the first time,” Ocasio-Cortez told The New York Post after she voted. “We’re hearing back a lot from our local community and they’re uncomfortable with any vote on funding for ICE.”
Its clear Ocasio-Cortez is working to listen to her constituents and they’re noticing the difference in her already.
“The true test of a rep is not what they say, but how they vote,” @robinskyleigh tweeted in approval of Ocasio-Cortez’s vote. “Ideals evaporate on the House floor, but maybe not this time.”