Squad Member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) took aim at Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) for destroying the Biden Administration's expensive Build Back Better bill and the Senate, which she alleged, "operates like an old boy's club." The Progressive lawmaker demanded a crackdown on the "privileged" male-majority Senate that "has a couple of gals that have managed to breakthrough." [tweet_embed] December 22, 2021[/tweet_embed] "It is unconscionable the way the Senate operates. It's fundamentally undemocratic," Ocasio-Cortez announced Monday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." She pressed for internal change by enforcing "institutional discipline." She cited "certain reforms that can be made within the culture of the Senate" that paints the institution as "very entitled, very privileged, and very protected." "And say we are not going to allow that deference to membership just because of the self-importance of the institution," Ocasio-Cortez announced in the segment. The Congresswoman pivoted to allege that the chamber of Congress is "allowing the stripping of people's voting rights across the country." "We are in a crisis..." Ocasio-Cortez announced. "We are beyond the time for something to pass. And my concern is that even Manchin's compromise—or the fact that he was making statements just this past week that he was just having conversations with the parliamentarian about voting rights that were illuminating." Breaking away from party ranks, Manchin declared Sunday on Fox News that he would not back Biden's signature bill while negotiations continued. [tweet_embed] December 22, 2021[/tweet_embed] "This is a mammoth piece of legislation. And I had my reservations from the beginning when I heard about it five-and-a-half months ago," Manchin told Fox News Sunday interim host Bret Baier over the weekend. While pointing to inflation and skyrocketing product prices, Manchin announced he "cannot take that risk with a staggering debt of more than $29 trillion and inflation taxes that are real and harmful to every hard-working American at the gasoline pumps, grocery stores, and utility bills with no end in sight." "The American people deserve transparency on the true cost of the Build Back Better Act," the moderate Democrat leader stated Sunday. Ocasio-Cortez referenced Manchin's on-air opposition to the Democratic Party's pricey agenda, declaring that senators wanting to block legislation should make their position known on the Senate floor—not appear on Fox News and threaten to do so. "The idea that Joe Manchin says he can't explain this back home to his people is a farce. It's a farce in terms of plain democracy. I represent just as many or more people than Joe Manchin does," Ocasio-Cortez voiced on the cable news network. [tweet_embed] December 22, 2021[/tweet_embed] Lambasting the West Virginia Senator's effective "no" on the bill, Ocasio-Cortez announced that it's hard to hold together a House majority with razor-thin margins.