The internal party fight spilled out into the open during debate over a border spending bill that passed the House last month. [With an eye on getting the bill passed] Pelosi allowed a vote on a Senate-passed version of the bill, without a series of amendments negotiated by progressives to protect migrants, at the behest of more moderate members.
…Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. — made it personal, suggesting in an interview with the Washington Post that Pelosi was deliberately targeting the four because of their race.
…Many members and staff remain frustrated, saying the freshman’s comments about race have angered many Democrats who say they went too far.
…Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., a co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, [called] a bipartisan negotiating group known as the Problem Solvers Caucus [child abusers] for pushing for a vote on the Senate aid bill.
…The chief of staff to Ocasio-Cortez compared moderates to segregationists in a tweet that has since been deleted. The tweet [said] that two moderate groups, the Blue Dogs and the New Democrats, [should] be called New Southern Democrats, a group of Democrats who once supported segregation. He added, “They certainly seem hell bent to do to black and brown people today what the old Southern Democrats did [in] the 40s.”
…Those comments enraged moderates and members of the Congressional Black Caucus. Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Ala., the vice chair of the moderate New Democrat Coalition and a member of the CBC, released a statement condemning the remarks.
“To even insinuate that I, or any other member of the New Dems, would promote policies that are racist and hateful or ones that would negatively impact communities of color is deeply offensive and couldn’t be further from the truth,” Sewell said.
…[Pelosi] called on members to have “some level of respect and sensitivity” to the “individual experience” that each member brings to Congress, according to a transcript of her remarks provided by a source in the room.
…Pelosi went on to tell members to channel their frustrations into fighting back against Senate Republicans, not one another. She also reminded progressives that Democrats need to stay unified if they want to keep their current House majority.
…”I think we should realize who our real opponents are here,” Sewell said. “It is important that we resolve any kind of conflicts internally and not publicly.”