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AOC Uses Photo of Crumbling NYC Bathroom to Push Dems on Biden’s $3.5T Bill: ‘Children Poisoned by Lead’

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) shared a photo of a dilapidated bathroom in one of New York City’s public housing units on Twitter Friday as an example of what progressives want to solve with their $3.5 trillion spending package.

“These are our terms in NYCHA. No winter heat, black mold, lead poisoned children,” writes Ocasio-Cortez.

Politics-as-usual makes communities like mine politically disposable. “We can do it later” doesn’t bother them. They deserve details & answers.’

The hefty measure, key to President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better agenda, now faces an uncertain future after facing opposition from moderate Democrats in Congress, most notably Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema ( D-AZ).

They and moderate House Democrats think the progressive wish list, which would establish universal pre-K, expand health care and a host of other social benefits, is too expensive.

But on Friday, when the president rushed to Capitol Hill to try and finalize a deal, Ocasio-Cortez claimed it was about more than just money.

“It’s not about the number, it’s about the impact,” she wrote on Twitter.

Below her post was a photo of a bathroom in a Queensbridge Houses apartment in New York’s Long Island City.

Ocasio-Cortez tweeted a photo of a NYC housing project in a state of extreme disrepair as a message to her colleagues to approve the Democrat-backed $3.5 trillion bill

Ocasio-Cortez tweeted a photo of a NYC housing project in a state of extreme disrepair as a message to her colleagues to approve the Democrat-backed $3.5 trillion bill

The Queensbridge Houses development is a subsidized housing project under the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and the largest housing project in North America.

The photo shows a bathroom in a desolate state of disrepair, with exposed concrete and broken tiles, with debris filling the tub and the remains of a sink hanging from the wall.

The Queensbridge complex is not in her district, but in the adjacent district of Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY).

She attributed the photo to an August story in the Astoria Post about 11 housing residents who sued NYCHA for hazardous living conditions, including the presence of asbestos and lead paint in apartments.

Other images in the original report show the horrific conditions poor Americans live in, including insect infestations and unsafe and improper pipe installations.

She appealed to NYCHA earlier today when she spoke to reporters during intense negotiations between the parties over Biden’s two infrastructure bills.

A vote on a smaller, bipartisan $1.2 trillion compromise was scheduled for Thursday, but was postponed after the 93-member Progressive Caucus threatened to foot the bill if the $3.5 trillion measure doesn’t come to a vote first.

President Joe Biden came to Capitol Hill today and spoke briefly with Democratic lawmakers about the ongoing battle to meet his Build Back Better agenda

President Joe Biden came to Capitol Hill today and spoke briefly with Democratic lawmakers about the ongoing battle to meet his Build Back Better agenda

Biden and Pelosi are pictured speaking after he left his brief meeting with House Democrats

Biden and Pelosi are pictured speaking after he left his brief meeting with House Democrats

The larger bill, which includes sweeping social and environmental reforms such as free college and an electric vehicle subsidy, has no support from Republicans and can only pass Congress with the support of nearly every Democrat in both houses.

Ocasio-Cortez has been one of the most vocal legislators threatening to undermine the compromise bill.

She shook her head when asked whether just passing a tax framework for Biden’s hefty legislation would be enough to vote in favor of the bipartisan compromise.

“We need a vote,” she said. ‘We have to be real: are we going to deliver universal pre-K to this country or not? Are we going to expand healthcare to our seniors and include vision and dentistry or not? Are we going to invest in housing so that people can get hot water at their homes in NYCHA in the winter or not?’

‘That’s what we need to know. And I know that we all have the same goal.”

Ocasio-Cortez is one of the House Democrats Biden addressed in the Capitol today.

The president arrived shortly before 4 p.m. and was greeted by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who escorted him to the remaining Democratic leadership.

A mob of protesters waited for him, urging him not to give ground to tenacious centrists who demanded that he cut his massive $3.5 trillion spending bill.

“Stay on the line,” they shouted.

He finished speaking to lawmakers a few minutes before 4:30 p.m.

Ocasio-Cortez is one of the progressives threatening to fuel the bipartisan measure if it hits the ground running ahead of the bigger spending bill of $3.5 trillion

Ocasio-Cortez is one of the progressives threatening to fuel the bipartisan measure if it comes out ahead of the bigger spending bill of $3.5 trillion

The Queensbridge Houses development is the largest housing project in North America

The Queensbridge Houses development is the largest housing project in North America

Biden, who has been working on the phones for the past few days, made a personal appeal to the warring Democrats as he tries to salvage his legislative priorities.

“The president will travel to the Hill this afternoon to speak with members of the House Democratic Caucus,” the White House announced before his departure.

His journey comes after Pelosi and his top officials huddled with key figures on Thursday and failed to strike a deal with the party’s moderate and liberal branches.

In his address to House Democrats, Biden will focus on the 96-member strong Congressional Progressive Caucus, who have united in a voting bloc against his $1.1 trillion infrastructure plan, until Senate moderates agree to his $1.1 trillion social agenda. 3.5 trillion.

Moderate lawmakers from swing districts, who will be crucial to Democrats retaining control of the House into the 2022 midterms, are calling for the infrastructure vote.

“The president is not going there to litigate the legislative way forward,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday prior to his trip. “He’s going there to advocate for how these two packages can help the American people.”

She resisted suggestions that it was a “make or break” moment for the president’s agenda, saying it was “just the right time” for him to leave.

Manchin and Sinema, meanwhile, are having complicated conversations over complaining about Biden’s Build Back Better price tag.

Senator Kyrsten Sinema Left DC for Phoenix Amid Intense Negotiations

Senator Joe Manchin has proposed reducing the grand measure to $1.5 trillion — a $2 trillion cut

Talks about the massive progressive spending package hit a roadblock in the shape of Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, who both find the $3.5 trillion price tag too high.

Sinema left Washington on Friday for a medical appointment in Phoenix, but her office said she is still in contact with the White House.

“Senator Sinema is in Phoenix, where she has a medical appointment today and where she continues remote negotiations with the White House,” her office said in a statement.

“Last night, Kyrsten and our team offered the White House further talks and negotiations for this morning. We are awaiting notice from the White House regarding their availability,” the statement said.

Sinema broke her foot in June while running the Light at the End of the Tunnel Marathon in Washington state. She is an avid athlete and runner, competing in marathons and ironman triathlons. In the weeks after she stumbled on crutches and wore a boot in the Capitol.

Senate isn’t expected to vote again until Monday, but Sinema is fleeing city because Democrats couldn’t agree on Biden’s $3.5 trillion social calendar package, which includes paid family leave, universal kindergarten, free community college tuition, Medicare expansion and strong action to combat climate change.

Manchin has said he wants the budget package to reach $1.5 trillion – a number he is sticking to.

The House progressives, who have enough votes to improve legislation, have vowed to vote against the infrastructure bill unless the Senate approves the $3.5 trillion fee.

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