The “Twitch” amendment to the Pentagon’s spending bill is dead. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), had proposed to ban the military from or severely reduce the military recruiting through the e-sports gaming community. 

Her amendment barely got 50 percent of Democrats in the House on board and was roundly defeated by a 292-126 margin on Thursday. All House Republicans were in opposition while Democrats were split 126 for, 102 against. Thirteen House members did not vote according to the Esports Observer. 

Ocasio-Cortez’s amendment to House appropriations bill H.R. 7617 was put forward by her on July 22, along with a separate amendment seeking to halt recruiting activities at public schools. 

The NY representative took to Twitter and then addressed the House prior to the amendment’s vote to try to swing support.

“War is not a game,” she tweeted. “Twitch is a popular platform for children FAR under the age of military recruitment rules. We should not conflate military service with ‘shoot-em-up’ style games and contests.”

Ocasio-Cortez has frequently said and posted on social media that children as young as 12 are targeted for recruitment by the military. 

She told the New York Times earlier this week, “Whether through recruitment stations in their lunchrooms or now through e-sports teams, children in low-income communities are persistently targeted for enlistment. In many public high schools where military recruiters have a daily presence, there is not even a counselor. As a result, the military stops feeling like a ‘choice’ and starts feeling like the only option for many young, low-income Americans.”

That statement inflamed a fellow Democrat. The New York Post reported that Max Rose, a Democrat in the House who represents parts of the Bronx and Staten Island, was outraged by some of her comments. Rose served in Afghanistan and took her to task over her comments.