Congress had approved the bill with help from moderate Democrats - and in a New York Times interview Pelosi slammed the progressive wing of her party for not also supporting the humanitarian-assistance measure.
"Honor the fact we are there, that 650,000 people are represented by each and every single one of us, that there is some sort of, I think in many ways, something special about having a refugee, having a woman that, you know, has experienced alone what incarceration has done to her family, right", said Tlaib.
Ocasio-Cortez responded to Pelosi in a social media message to her 4.7 million followers on Twitter. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of MI and Ayanna Pressley of MA - for voting against a border funding bill that had the support of a majority of House Democrats.
Omar, Tlaib, and Pressley have not yet responded to Pelosi's public rebuke.
'I haven't dialed for dollars *once* this year, & have more time to do my actual job. "They're four people and that's how many votes they got", Pelosi said, according to The New York Times. "Yet we'd rather campaign like it's 2008".
Ocasio-Cortez pushed back, claiming that the "public 'whatever" is a manifestation of public support for a movement or cause.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib of MI, one of the Democrats insulted by Pelosi in her interview with the Times, addressed the criticisms during an appearance on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday. "And wielding the power to shift it is how we actually achieve meaningful change in this country", she tweeted.
"What would you say directly to Nancy Pelosi?".
The progressive Democrat from NY said Democrats who voted along with Republicans on the spending plan were making a huge mistake in trusting President Trump to address issues at the border.
"I don't believe it was a good idea for Dems to blindly trust the Trump admin when so many kids have died in their custody". As the official youth caucus of the Indiana Democratic Party, IYD mobilizes young people between the ages of 18 and 35 to participate in the electoral process, influence elections, promote the ideals of the Democratic Party, and develop the skills of the youth generation to serve as leaders on local, state, and national levels. People's lives are getting bargained, & for what?'
"By and large, whatever orientation they came to Congress with, they know that we have to hold the center".