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Ocasio-Cortez explains why she voted against funding Iron Dome for Israel

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who earlier this week defended her “present” vote on a vote to provide funds for the Iron Dome antimissile defense system to protect Israel, has released a statement apologizing for her error. “I wish I would have known at the time that this motion would be tabled,” Ocasio-Cortez said in the statement. “It was not truly fair to the Democrats who stood up in the face of an attempted shut

down, but I am very grateful for the strong majority that supported this motion.” She also went on to further explain why she did not push the vote when it was clear it wouldn’t succeed. “Had I known we would be unable to succeed, I would have helped move to table it and stayed on the floor to vote on other important matters, as I am promised to do if Democrats take back the House in the midterms,” she said. Update

(12:35 p.m. ET): CNN’s Seung Min Kim reports Ocasio-Cortez has opted to resign from Democratic leadership and not run for re-election as a member of the House Democratic Caucus.

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