Va. Democrat with independent streak pushes back against House leadership

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UPDATED 10:14 AM PT — Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Democrat Virginia Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger is pushing back against party leadership in the House. On Tuesday, the former CIA officer said she would not be “cowed” from working with Republicans when she believes its important to help all citizens in her district.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly called out 26 moderate Democrats like Spanberger, who are not always “on board” and do not always “fall in line” with the party’s national agenda.

Virginia Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger  in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

“I think voters are tired of people in D.C. bickering along partisan lines, because the bottom line is there are Republicans who cannot afford their prescription drug prices just the same as Democrats,” said Spanberger. “We’re trying to meet the needs of American people — it’s something both parties should be willing to find common ground on.”

According to reports, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also threatened to put more moderate Democrat colleagues “on a list,” and try to unseat them with upcoming primary challengers.

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