Rubio, AOC Come Together in Rare Moment of Political Harmony

Rubio, AOC Come Together in Rare Moment of Political Harmony

The two legislators actually agree on something.

Jackson Bakich
Jackson Bakich
December 1, 2022

Pigs are flying. Hell has frozen over. The sky has fallen. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) have agreed on something.

No, your eyes are not deceiving you. Nor are you dreaming. And no, I am not lying to you. The Florida Senator and the New York Representative have come together in a beautiful moment of unity. Even on an issue of this level of importance, no one saw this coming.

The legislators agreed on the union labor agreement that has avoided a mass railroad freight strike. The walkout could’ve costed the American economy billions of dollars a day.

However, what might be the most noteworthy is the fact that not only did Rubio vote yes on the labor agreement, but he also voted yes to the paid sick-leave proposal, which ended up falling short in when it came to a vote, 52-43.

He was one of 6 Republicans to vote for it. Alongside Rubio were Senators Mike Braun (IN-R), Ted Cruz (TX-R), Lindsey Graham (SC-R), Josh Hawley (MO-R), and  John Kennedy (LA-R).

“The way to avoid a rail strike isn’t for Congress to impose a deal made by labor bosses that were rejected by the rank & file of unions representing over half the rail workers. The way to avoid a strike is a new deal that rank & file members will support,” stated Rubio.

In response to this tweet, AOC said that this moment was “a rarity” but she was glad that the legislator in the upper chamber and across the aisle were “on the same page.” She then asked if she could count on his vote for the paid sick-leave amendment. Rubio delivered.

“Glad we are on the same page re: railworkers’ paid sick days @marcorubio. A rarity, but we’ll take it. The House just sent over what you asked for: the full TA deal w/ sick days as supported and demanded by our railworkers. Can they count on your YES vote for the amendment?” tweeted Ocasio-Cortez.

The proof is in the pudding. A picture (of a tweet that can only be 280 characters long) is worth a thousand words. You cannot judge a book by its cover. You cannot count your chickens before they hatch… (I’ve run out of sayings).

Who’d'a thunk it?

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Jackson Bakich

Jackson Bakich

Born in Orlando but raised in Lake County, Florida, Jackson Bakich is currently a senior at Florida State University. Growing up in the sunshine state, Bakich co-hosted the political talk radio show "Lake County Roundtable" (WLBE) and was a frequent guest for "Lake County Sports Show" (WQBQ). Currently, he is the Sports Editor of the FSView and the co-host of "Tomahawk Talk" (WVFS), a sports talk radio program covering Florida State athletics in Tallahassee.

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