Thursday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasted President Biden’s “bipartisan coalition” on infrastructure over lack of diversity.
AOC vented in a series of tweets where she wrote:
The diversity of this “bipartisan coalition” pretty perfectly conveys which communities get centered and which get left behind when leaders prioritize bipartisan dealmaking over inclusive lawmaking (which prioritizes delivering the most impact possible for the most people)
This is why a bipartisan pkg alone isn’t acceptable. The exclusion & denial of our communities is what DC bipartisan deals require. That’s how you get GOP on board : don’t do much/any for the working class & low income,or women, or poc communities, or unions,etc. We must do more.
That’s why folks can sometimes come across as careless when saying “well isn’t something better than nothing?”
For many communities, their not having a seat at the table is a precondition for bipartisan deals to work in the 1st place. & that’s not only seen as normal, but valued
Meanwhile, when representatives of excluded communities object to the exclusion &marginalization required to make many bipartisan deals work, they’re dismissed as “unreasonable.”
So who/what often benefits from this type of bipartisan dealmaking? Corporations & structural racism
This is not to say that any/all bipartisan deals are bad but it’s to ask people to actually read what’s inside them instead of assume bipartisan=good
“Isn’t something better than nothing” assumes that none of the individuals involved agreed to harmful policies. A huge assumption