A trip that would have shown a rare moment of bipartisanship among lawmakers in the House of Representatives seemed to collapse on Friday.
Last month, New York-based Progressive Representative Ocasio-Cortez hit the headlines when she spoke with Kentucky Republican Andy Barr about the climate change policy. Subsequently, she accepted Barr's invitation to "go underground" to a coal mine in her home district.
Mr. Barr stated that he wished to introduce Ocasio-Cortez to Kentucky miners "who will tell you what the Green Deal would mean for their families, their wages." Barr argued that the radical resolution to combat climate change and stimulate the economy would devastate the fossil fuel industry and usher in socialism.
The New Yorker said she would be happy to accept her invitation and she said her legislation would fund the pensions of unemployed coal miners.
In an interview with the Lexington Herald Leader, Barr then acknowledged that there were no active coal mines in his district. He also praised the "real" and "sincere" passion of Ocasio-Cortez in this regard.
But last Friday, goodwill seemed to reverse.
Barr tweeted that the invitation to Ocasio-Cortez was now conditioned: the first-year Democrat was to apologize for his criticisms of the condemnation of the representative of the GOP people by Dan Crenshaw of the remark of the representative of the Democratic Republic Ilhan Omar on September 11 Barr called Ocasio-Cortez to apologize to Crenshaw for his "lack of civility" before going to Kentucky.
Ocasio-Cortez's response to Barr's statement made it clear that it was unlikely that a visit to the Bluegrass State with the GOP legislator would take place so soon.
"The GOPs are scared, their constituents will realize that I am fighting harder for their health care than their own representatives," Ocasio-Cortez said. tweeted in response to development.
Corbin Trent, a spokesman for Ocasio-Cortez, also told the Courier-Journal in Louisville that a visit to Kentucky without Barr could still take place.
"Fortunately, we still have open borders with Kentucky," Trent said Friday. "We do not need Congressman Barr to meet coal miners and have a city hall, although we would like his participation if we do."
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On Monday, another Kentucky Republican, Rep. James Comer, said he "saw no benefit in bringing Ocasio-Cortez" to the state. Ocasio-Cortez added: "Many Republicans make a mistake by targeting it."
"Ocasio-Cortez has a millennial movement that follows it," Comer said in a news program from Lexington. "She is smart, and I think we have to be very prepared when we debate it on issues that are problematic to us, there is still a future for coal, but we need to make sure we are debating the issue." good people on this issue ".
On Tuesday, Comer seemed to ignore his own advice by tweeting in response to Ocasio-Cortez: "Lol, my constituents know that your socialist policies such as #MedicareForAll and #GreenNewDeal will not work."