Members of “The Squad” – Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y. and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. – mount a petition against President-elect Biden who appoints his former chief of staff Bruce Reed for a role in the White House, claiming that Reed is a “deficit hawk”,
Ocasio-Cortez, Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Are the first members of Congress to sign the petition launched by Justice Democrats. The group opposes Reed potentially serving as head of the Bureau of Management and Budget.
“If the Biden administration is serious about protecting Medicare and Social Security, it must not name one of the biggest cutback champions to lead its budget agency,” Omar wrote on Twitter, with a link to the petition.
The letter demands that the OMB “be made up of people who will put workers first, not Wall Street deficit alarmists.”
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Reed oversaw the Bowles-Simpson commission under President Obama, created in 2010 to recommend cuts for fiscal sustainability. Progressives criticized the commission because its final plan called for cuts and reform of medicare and social security.
“Biden must not repeat Obama’s mistake,” the petition reads.
Biden has proposed a number of programs to strengthen Social Security and prevent the insolvency of the program. He ran on a platform of expanded benefits and more payroll taxes for the top earners who would pay for the program.
Meanwhile, members of the Squad swore at Rahm Emanuel, insisting that he would not be given any role in the administration.
“What is so hard to understand about this?” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter. “Rahm Emanuel helped cover up the murder of Laquan McDonald. Covering up a murder is disqualifying for public leadership. It is not about the ‘visibility’ of a position. It is shameful and disturbing that it even is considered. “
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“It is also a really embarrassing indictment of what is considered ‘center’ policy in the United States to oppose the appointment of an official who helped cover up the murder of a black child. is considered the “progressive far left” position, “she continued. .
She was responding to a report from Crain’s Chicago Business that said Emanuel was under consideration for the post of U.S. trade representative after Biden’s team was fired for seeing him as transportation secretary.
“A less visible role” doesn’t ring a bell either, “Tlaib tweeted.
McDonald was fatally shot by a Chicago police officer in 2014. The officer was ultimately convicted of second degree murder. Emanuel defended his handling of the McDonald case, denying in a 2015 editorial that he withheld video of the shooting due to an election.
He added: “No one could have predicted that it would take more than a year to complete the investigation … Ultimately, I am the mayor and I own it. I take responsibility for this. happened and I will fix it. “
Ocasio-Cortez recently told the New York Times that Biden’s team has a thin line to appease the party. Choosing Emanuel, she said, would mean “a hostile approach to the grassroots and the progressive wing of the party.”
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She added that she didn’t “envy the Biden team. It’s a very delicate balance. But I think it’s really important to find a good one. Because it sends a very, very message. powerful on the intention to rule. “
Sam Dorman of Fox News contributed to this report.