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AOC seen visibly shaken after casting vote to abstain on Iron dome funding bill

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Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was seen visibly shaken up on the House floor Thursday after casting her “present” vote, effectively abstaining on an Iron Dome funding bill that she had been instrumental in having scrapped from separate government funding legislation earlier this week.

Ocasio-Cortez was one of just two lawmakers who voted “present” on the bill to provide Israel with $1 billion for its Iron Dome missile defense system, which passed overwhelmingly, 420-9.

But she was just about the only member of the so-called Progressive “Squad” that did not vote against the bill.

Eight Democrats — Reps. Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, Cori Bush, Andre Carson, Marie Newman, Jesus Garcia, Raul Grivalva — and one Republican, Rep. Tom Massie, cast “no” votes against HR 5323.

Ocasio-Cortez had initially voted “no” when the voting began but changed her vote to “present” at the last minute after she was seen huddling with fellow progressive colleagues.

Her office did not respond to a request for comment on her decision to vote........

© The Times of Israel

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