Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York wants Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to make life "as difficult as possible" for lawmakers like Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona.
Sinema reportedly complained to Schumer last night about the Senate's slow voting process: "Could we have some discipline in the votes, ever?" Sinema said to Schumer, according to Bloomberg. "You’re in charge!"
Ocasio-Cortez reacted to the reported comments by declaring that Schumer should seek to make life very hard for senators.
"Actually he should continue to make their lives as difficult as possible and treat them the way they treat, say, public housing residents. Or parents who rely on CTC. When they improve, maybe process can improve too. Why should we make the lives of obstructionists easier?" the progressive congresswoman tweeted.
"Cancel vacation. Vote on weekends. Vote for hours. Vote last minute. Call votes when Senators are courting billionaires at fundraisers. They may get apoplectic, but it’s nothing compared to the people they’re forcing to sleep without heat in winter, or losing the right to vote," she added in another tweet.
Sinema and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who have both expressed their support for the filibuster, steadfastly refused to back their party's push to change Senate rules in order to ram through so-called "voting rights" legislation last month.
During an interview on MSNBC in January, Ocasio-Cortez criticized Sinema, saying that the senator has demonstrated that she is "an obstacle to the right to vote ... in the United States. She is not an ally on civil rights."