Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) were dealt blows this week after failing to protect seats on effective House committees regardless of a push from progressive groups.
Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-NY), a previous lawyer and accounting professional in his second term, clinched a seat on the effective House Ways and Way Committee Wednesday, beating out Ocasio-Cortez, 29, who swore to promote a “Green New Deal” and “Medicare for All,'” if given a seat on the influential panel.
In a declaration, Suozzi, who represents Glen Cove, New York City, pledged to “combat for the national issues voters and American households are concerned about– increasing salaries, enhancing retirement security, and lowering healthcare and prescription drug expenses.”
Corbin Trent, a spokesperson for Ocasio-Cortez, said that while the progressive lawmaker wished to win the seat, she is “delighted to see what committees she does get.”
The advancement is the second defeat for Ocasio-Cortez, whose period as a member of Congress is just one-week-old.
Last week, Ocasio-Cortez joined House Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and Ro Khanna (D-CA) in voting against the guidelines bundle, including the “pay-go” arrangement. The rule, designed to prevent the deficit from increasing, motivates Congress to offset the cost of legislation that increases spending on entitlement programs.
Supported by Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the rules plan passed 234-197
Ocasio-Cortez’s candidateship was supported by left-wing companies, consisting of the Democratic Socialists of America and the Progressive Modification Project Committee, as part of a campaign to install progressive lawmakers in prominent committees to reign in corporate impact.
” As almost every significant potential Democratic governmental contender welcomes progressive concepts like Medicare For All, free college, and ending mass deportation and incarceration, we need progressive champions on crucial House committees that would battle to pass these policies under a Democratic administration, not centrists who would merely cave to their huge corporate donors,” Alexandra Rojas, the executive director for the Justice Democrats, said at the time.
In spite of assistance from the progressive union, Tlaib failed to win a seat on the Home Appropriations Committee, which manages funding of federal government agencies.
Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American woman chosen to Congress, dealt with an uncommon bipartisan rebuke after issuing a profane pledge to impeach President Trump hours after she was sworn in, referring to the president as a “motherfucker.” Speaking with press reporters in her house state today, Tlaib restated that she would not excuse the remark, and just expressed remorse that it became a “diversion.”
” I am an individual that is authentically me,” Tlaib stated at a Michigan Veterans Foundation event Tuesday. “I’m very passionate about fighting for everybody, and making use of that language was a teachable moment for me.”
” I comprehend I belong to Congress. And I do not desire anything that I do or state to sidetrack us. That is the only thing I excuse, is that it was an interruption,” she included. ” We have a course that we have to stick to, and nothing I say need to sidetrack us from that. The shutdown has to be at the leading edge, that’s what I am here for, to shift to. This is a lot more vital.”