Reps. Cori Bush, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley voted ‘no,’ while AOC, Rashida Tlaib and Jamaal Bowman voted ‘present’
By Marisa Schultz
The progressive Squad nearly sunk a Capitol security bill Thursday backed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over their objections to funding a “broken” policing system and ignoring the root cause of the Jan. 6 riot which they say is “White supremacy.”
The House barely passed the $1.9 billion supplemental budget for additional security funds during a heated vote that forced leadership to swarm the floor to whip votes. The final vote was 213-212 and illustrates the perils of the very narrow majority Democrats have in the House where just a few defections can kill a bill.
Three progressives joined with all Republicans in voting “no” against the bill: Reps. Cori Bush of Missouri, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts. And in an apparent compromise to avoid the bill from completely failing, three other Squad members voted “present” rather than no: Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Jamaal Bowman of New York.
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