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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rebukes Joe Manchin over opposition to HR 1, says conservative lobbying firms are doing ‘victory laps’ over his decision not to eliminate the filibuster

AOC Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez seen at Jacobi Hospital in the Morris Park neighborhood on June 03, 2021 in the Bronx borough of New York City.

On "All In with Chris Hayes, " Rep. Ocasio-Cortez said she doesn't buy Manchin's opposition to HR 1. In 2019, Manchin cosponsored HR 1, but now opposes it because there are no GOP votes for it. "Some members represent communities that have never had their right to vote attacked, " Ocasio-Cortez said. See more stories on Insider's business page.

During an appearing on "All In with Chris Hayes" on Tuesday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she doesn't ascertain the reasoning in Sen. Joe Manchin's reasons for resist HR 1.

HR 1, The For The People Act, would require states to expand voter registration as well as voting initiatives and would implement reforms to federal campaign finance and ethics ordinances.

In 2019, Manchin cosponsored HR 1, the For the People Act, but now opposes it because there aren't any Republican votes for it. Manchin likewise defends resolving the filibuster, which if he supported the bill, would sacrifice Democrat a slim majority to pass the voting rights legislation without the dangers of the GOP blocking it. The invoice raked by the House in March, with zero votes from Republican .

"HR 1 stands up against publicists and dark coin. I would reckon to think that this is probably just as much an integrated part of Joe Manchin's calculus as anything else. Because when it comes to this bipartisan argument - I don't buy it, " Ocasio-Cortez said here on MSNBC.

"'Cause you look at the Koch Brothers and organizations like, you know, the Heritage Foundation and republican lobby radicals that are doing a victory lap, claiming win over the facts of the case that Manchin refuses to change on the filibuster, " she continued. "And I considered that these two things are very closely intertwined."

Ocasio-Cortez then went on to discuss what she sees as corporate fund and lobbying groups in politics frisking a role in funding criticizes on voting rights.

-All In with Chris Hayes (@ allinwithchris) June 9, 2021

As Manchin continues to oppose the invoice in the Senate, Sen. Mitch McConnell has scorned Manchin's bipartisan suggestion to rewrite HR 4, the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, means that Manchin's opposition to HR 1 restrictions congressional activity on any voting statute.

"Joe Manchin has voted on monies that are not bipartisan, " Ocasio-Cortez said. "There are those of us who acknowledge the existential threat and assault on to right to vote, and how they're[ Republicans] putting the segments together at the mood tier, in Georgia, Florida and elsewhere, and how it's being pieced together federally."

Ocasio-Cortez also argued that Manchin's opposition is not sprung in the reality of how voter suppression have traditionally altered Black communities in the US.

"Some representatives represent parishes that have never had their right to vote assaulted. Joe Manchin is absolutely one of them, he does not represent a large portion of Black voters. There typically is hesitancy when a member has to take out a risky vote on a community they don't represent, " Ocasio-Cortez said.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez connected the push for HR 1 with the aftermath of the January 6 uprising and smashed colleagues who have downplayed the need for voting protections.

"We are hanging on a thread of democracy, we need to strengthen democratic institutions that were taken to the brink. There are some that have an unwavering religion in American institutions with no ground to support that."

Manchin is a Democrat representing West Virginia, a state that went to former President Donald Trump by 40 parts. He is a moderate who often comes under inquiry from the left-wing of the party.

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