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Joe Manchin says AOC is not entitled to her ‘own facts’ after she said he’s beholden to big energy companies


In this August 5, 2021 photo, Senator Joe Manchin, DW.Va., prepares to chair a hearing at the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Manchin tries to garner bipartisan support for restoration of voting rights law AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite

  • Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said AOC was wrong to say it had weekly meetings with energy companies.

  • “I keep my door open for everyone. This is totally wrong,” Manchin told CNN’s Dana Bash on Sunday.

  • Manchin urged Democrats to slow down passage of a $ 3.5 trillion social spending bill.

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Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said he had “absolutely” no weekly meetings with Exxon and criticized Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after saying he was beholden to the big energy companies.

Last week, Ocasio-Cortez criticized Manchin for urging Democrats to slow down passage of a $ 3.5 trillion social spending bill.

“Manchin has weekly meetings with Exxon and is one of many senators who give lobbyists their pens to write so-called ‘bipartisan’ bills on fossil fuels,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a statement. Tweeter. “It’s killing people. Our people. At least 12 last night. Fed up with this ‘bipartisan’ corruption masquerading as lucid moderation.”

Manchin told CNN’s Dana Bash on Sunday that it was “absolutely not true” that he had weekly meetings with major energy companies.

“I keep my door open for everyone. This is totally wrong,” Manchin told Bash. “These kinds of superlatives, it’s just awful. Keep dividing and dividing and dividing.”

He added: “I don’t know this young lady very well. I really don’t know her. I met her once, I think, between the playoffs here. But that’s it. So we didn’t have it. no conversation. She’s just speculating and saying things because she wants to. “

Bash said other Democrats also said Manchin opposed the bill because it was “bought and paid for by corporate donors.”

Last week, in an interview with MSNBC, Democratic Representative Katie Porter also asked if Manchin was more “concerned about his corporate donors” than investing in American families.

Manchin said he opposed the bill because “it doesn’t make sense.”

“You have the right to your own facts – I mean, your own opinions. You just don’t have the right to create your own facts to back them up. And that’s exactly what they do,” a- he told Bash.

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