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Ilhan Omar: Progressives Are ‘Being Held Hostage by Conservative Democrats’

By Leia Idliby

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) accused “conservative Democrats” of holding both the progressive and Biden agenda “hostage” while on The Dean Obeidallah Show.

“What’s gonna happen if you can’t have a vote on Monday, on the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill, or some version of that? Is there going to be a vote on this bipartisan loan, is that actually gonna happen?” Dean Obeidallah asked Omar on Thursday.

The bill has not only gotten pushback from GOP lawmakers, who have taken issue with both the size of the budget blueprint as well as certain provisions the Democrats are considering, but it has also been opposed by centrists in the Democratic Party.

While Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said that he intended to move “full speed ahead” with President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion spending package, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) stressed that the bill would not have his vote.

Omar, who serves as Congressional Progressive Caucus whip, said that on Thursday, “Senate progressive leaders put out a statement today reminding conservative Democrats that there was a deal made” regarding the infrastructure bill.

“The deal was that we will support the infrastructure bill if they supported the reconciliation budget resolution and if they go back on their deal we’re going back on our deal — and I don’t think anybody wants that to happen because it doesn’t benefit any one of us,” she continued.

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