Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was the only Democrat to vote ‘no’ on a bill to reopen the government because it would fund ICE

by Eliza Relman
January 24, 2019

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was the only House Democrat to vote against a bill to fund the government and end the partial government shutdown on Wednesday.

The progressive New York Democrat said she broke from her party because she didn’t want to allocate any funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which she campaigned on eliminating.

“Most of our votes are pretty straightforward, but today was a tough/nuanced call,” she wrote in an Instagram story. “We didn’t vote with the party because one of the spending bills included ICE funding, and our community felt strongly about not funding that.”

The bill — which was supported by 223 Democrats and six Republicans, and opposed by 183 Republicans — would fund the federal government through February 28. The shutdown, the longest in history, is now on its 33rd day and has left 800,000 federal workers without pay.

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