Popular yet controversial new member of Congress, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) gave her inaugural speech on the House floor on Wednesday and she used it to give a loud and clear voice to her thoughts on the government shutdown. She also joined together with fellow Congress freshman in asking a very simple and appropriate question for everyone: “Where’s Mitch?”, obviously referring to the whereabouts of Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Ocasio-Cortez and some of her colleagues took to the halls, streets, and to Twitter to look for Mr. McConnell so they could confront him and hand him a letter demanding to end the shutdown.
He’s not in the cloak room
He’s not in the Capitol
He’s not in the Russel building
He’s not on the floor of the Senate
And 800,000 people still don’t have their paychecks – so #WheresMitch? https://t.co/x3qOfC113M— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 17, 2019
No one could find McConnell in the flesh but we now know he was hard at work on Weds. filing an anti-abortion bill that would gregariously affect lower income women. The bill failed (for now) but was no doubt a purposefully timed act to coincide with the March for Life, an anti-abortion rally which is being held today in Washington and will likely be a hotbed of McConnell and Trump supporters.
In her speech, Ocasio-Cortez said she didn’t believe the shutdown to be about Trump’s demands or “the well-being of everyday Americans” but rather in her words, “about the erosion of American democracy and the subversion of our most basic governmental norms.”
”It is not normal to hold 800,000 workers’ paychecks hostage. It is not normal to shut down the government when we don’t get what we want. It is not normal for public servants to run away and hide from the public that they serve… And it is certainly not normal to starve the people we serve for a proposal that is wildly unpopular among the American people.”