Senator Manchin responded to Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez’s complaints about her meetings with Exxon

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Senator Joe Manchin (Democrat) of West Virginia responded this Sunday to criticism from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Democrat) of New York, who said in a tweet that Manchin has met “weekly” with Exxon staff to lobby. in the approval of laws that favor the corporation.

The context: During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” program, Manchin assured that he has not met with Exxon, or with other pressure groups in the fossil fuel sector. Later he added that he had “the door open for everyone.”

  • Ocasio-Cortez’s criticism was sparked by Manchin’s opposition to passing the Democrats’ $ 3.5 trillion spending bill.
  • Democrats intend to carry out President Biden’s package through reconciliation and without the need for Republican votes in the Senate.

What do they say? “I don’t know that young woman very much. I really don’t know her. I have met her once, I think, between sets. But that’s it. So we haven’t had any conversations. She just speculates and says things because she wants to, ”Manchin added.

  • “He has weekly talks with Exxon and is one of the many senators who gives lobbyists his pen to write so-called ‘bipartisan’ fossil fuel bills,” Ocasio-Cortez denounced in early September.
  • Keith McCoy, a lobbyist for Exxon, claimed the company is looking, on the Democratic side, for moderate officials to thwart policies that may negatively impact the business and revealed its weekly meetings with the senator.

Main source of the news: The Hill

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