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AOC Calls Out Sen. Manchin Over Deb Haaland Confirmation

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. (Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 23 February 2021 08:59 AM

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., is targeting Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and questioning why he is hesitant to commit to confirming interior secretary nominee Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M.

Her comments came in a Monday tweet, where she noted Manchin had supported then-President Donald Trump’s attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions.

“Jeff Sessions was so openly racist that even [Ronald] Reagan couldn’t appoint him,” she wrote. “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?”

Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks came in response to a tweet from Geoff Bennett, White House correspondent for NBC News, who reported Manchin is said to have “remaining questions” about Haaland.

Haaland would be the first Native American to lead a Cabinet agency. The Laguna Pueblo member is a two-term congresswoman. Her confirmation hearing before the Senate Energy Committee is set for Tuesday, according to The Hill.

In another Monday tweet, Ocasio-Cortez said Haaland’s appointment “would be historic.”

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., is targeting Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and questioning why he is hesitant to commit to confirming interior secretary nominee Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M. Her comments came in a Monday tweet, where she noted Manchin had supported...
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