Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called on Tuesday for Senate Democratic leaders to thwart the parliamentarian and add a pathway to citizenship in President Joe Biden's $1.75 trillion Build Back Better legislation. In comments to immigration activists outside the Capitol on Tuesday, the New York Democrat, speaking in both Spanish and English, said, "This is our moment." [tweet_embed] December 8, 2021[/tweet_embed] "We do have a possibility," she said. "Don't let anyone tell you that the moment has gone, that the possibility has gone away, that the opportunity is not here, because that is not true." The Senate parliamentarian has obstructed Senate Democrats' attempts to include providing a path to citizenship for unregistered immigrants in a reconciliation bill since it is not a budgetary concern. Ocasio-Cortez said this should not be an impediment for Senate Democrats. "The Senate needs to step up, override the parliamentarian," she said. "We will not surrender our power to an unelected parliamentarian. We need to use our power to help the people." "Our demand is for the Senate to override the parliamentarian, include a full path to citizenship, and send it back to the House," Ocasio-Cortez said. [tweet_embed] December 8, 2021[/tweet_embed] Ocasio-Cortez voted for the House-passed version of the bill but claimed that House Democrats would vote for harsher immigration provisions if it was sent back to them. She said that since Democrats "have a trifecta" — control of the House, Senate, and White House — they have no excuse not to pass these provisions. The push from immigration activists and some Liberal House Democrats comes as the Senate Democratic leadership tries to pass the legislation by Christmas. They have yet to ensure the support of centrist West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin, who objects to certain provisions in the bill and whose vote would be important to its passage since no Republicans are expected to support the Build Back Better Act. In an attempt to gain Manchin's opposition, Senate Republicans have said the legislation would make growing inflation worse. A group of Republican senators held a press conference at the Capitol on Tuesday to stress what they called 'job-killing tax hikes' in the bill. Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford said, "It's interesting to me the number of times that I hear the story change as this bill moves through the House and now comes over to the Senate." [tweet_embed] December 8, 2021[/tweet_embed] "Originally, it was all about sustaining our economy," Lankford said. "Then, this very hot inflation continues to rise, and now, suddenly, it is, 'Well, this is going to help us fight inflation.' And now we're dealing with unemployment issues, and now the Democrats' line changed to, 'Well, now it's going to help us with employment issues.' In reality, what's happening is, they're trying to spend more, they're trying to tax more, and they're going to make a bad situation even worse in this process."