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Ocasio-Cortez apologizes for taking down bill that would’ve funded Israel’s army

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After receiving backlash from her supporters for her vote against a bill that would have permanently funded the Israeli Defense Forces on Wednesday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) apologized for her impulsive action.

“I apologize for supporting this bill over defending our country’s hard-won benefits for our Jewish-American communities in which I am so proud to live,” she wrote on Twitter.

“I would have abstained and support the reaffirmation of our strong relationship with the State of Israel,” she added, “however, I recognize the unconscionable price paid by Israel, the victims of terrorist violence, and the American people who would have been unarmored and threatened with attack with this bill if passed.”

Ocasio-Cortez’s controversial veto-proof vote came as a shock to supporters of the legislation. Given that it took only two votes from all 193 members of the House, it was able to pass with overwhelming bipartisan support of 401-2.

Within 24 hours of the vote, progressive groups that backed her shifted gears, swiftly accusing her of failing to fully support Israel. Indeed, there were fears by some members of Congress that the legislation was likely to be vetoed anyway.

Even progressive support had dwindled for the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which was originally coalescing around Ocasio-Cortez’s candidacy.

“Your message about fighting for the oppressed didn’t work,” MoveOn.org blasted in a tweet on Wednesday.

The group continued: “In just 3 short days, she’s traded principles for naked opportunism.”

Her Democratic colleagues on the Hill also took issue with her decision.

“Obviously I respect a free choice, however this particular vote was a very hard vote,” Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) told Yahoo News. “There was a measure to make sure that the three-year lapse would not happen again. It is really unfortunate she had to take this vote for a very selfish political reason.”

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