Manchin Says Ocasio-Cortez Tweets More Than She Legislates, but He's Missed More Votes

Democratic Senator Joe Manchin suggested congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweets more than she legislates in Congress—but the New York progressive has missed fewer votes and has supported the same number of bills which passed.

Manchin, who is from West Virginia, is regarded by many as the most conservative Democrat in the Senate, took aim at the so-called progressive faction of his party in an interview with The New York Times. He touted his role as a centrist lawmaker who sees a "golden opportunity to bring the country back together and to work in the middle" as President-elect Joe Biden prepares to enter the White House. Last month, Manchin drew the ire of Ocasio-Cortez and others after he said of efforts to redirect police funding, "Defund, my butt."

Ocasio-Cortez, who commands a massive social media following compared with her congressional peers, posted a photo of herself glaring at the senator who is frequently ridiculed by more liberal members of Congress for his GOP-friendly stances. Manchin was blasted by a wide swath of Democrats for his "yes" vote on now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination in October 2018.

"I guess she put the dagger stare on me," Manchin said of Ocasio-Cortez's photograph. "I don't know the young lady—I really don't. I never met her. I'm understanding she's not that active with her bills or in committee. She's more active on Twitter than anything else."

He continued, "We're not going to defund the police, we're not for the new green deal. That's not going to happen. We're not for Medicare for All—we can't even pay for Medicare for some."

Spokeswoman for Ocasio-Cortez, Lauren Hitt, told the Times the New York congresswoman has submitted more legislative amendments than 90 percent of her freshman colleagues in Congress. Hitt noted that Ocasio-Cortez was behind a fair housing bill and a tear gas ban, which both passed the House. And lastly, that Ocasio-Cortez has missed fewer votes than Manchin.

In 2019, Manchin missed 1.2 percent of all senate votes, ranking him in the middle among many fellow senators as far as votes missed during the congressional period, according to GovtTrack. On the other hand, Ocasio-Cortez, who is widely referred to as "AOC," missed only 0.3 percent of votes during the same legislative period.

Ocasio-Cortez co-sponsored 553 bills compared with Manchin's 423, with both legislators putting their support behind 11 apiece that went on to become law.

However, Ocasio-Cortez introduced 31 bills last session, none of which made it out of the Democratic majority committees in the House. GovTrack noted she "got bills out of committee the least often compared to" other New York delegates.

Newsweek reached out to both Manchin and Ocasio-Cortez's offices for additional remarks Tuesday afternoon.

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West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin speaks alongside a bipartisan group of Democrat and Republican members of Congress as they announce a proposal for a COVID-19 relief bill on Capitol Hill on December 1. In 2019, Manchin missed 1.2 percent of all senate votes, ranking him in the middle among many fellow senators during the congressional period. TASOS KATOPODIS / Stringer/Getty Images