Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) doesn’t always see eye-to-eye with her fellow Democrats. She has often called out her party on various issues throughout her tenure in New York.
However, the door swings both ways in the world of politics — Democrat leaders also don’t agree with AOC’s viewpoints all the time, either, and this can result in some sniping and in-fighting.
For instance, House Democrats decided not to give AOC a seat in an important committee.
There were 5 open slots in the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) nominated four people to fill those spots. The fifth was left open to a vote.
It came down to two New Yorkers: Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Kathleen Rice.
And in this case, the race wasn’t close. Rice won in a landslide, as first reported by Politico (via Fox News):
The House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee on Thursday voted to seat Rep. Kathleen Rice on a coveted committee over her New York colleague Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the latest example of House Democrats bucking the firebrand who represents the Bronx and Queens.
Rice won by a count of 46-13, and this may sting for AOC.
The Energy and Commerce Committee is responsible for some of the most critical legislation, including environmental issues and healthcare. In fact, it has the “broadest jurisdiction of any authorizing Committee in Congress.”
And as Ocasio-Cortez has been very vocal about such subjects in the past, it’s likely she wanted a position in this vital committee.
It’s feasible that AOC’s recent comments about her party had an impact on the vote.
Last week, she told The Intercept that she thinks they “need new leadership in the Democratic Party.” Unsurprisingly, this resulted in some backlash from left-wing politicos and citizens.
AOC’s progressive policies haven’t always gone over well with Democrats, and she has backed primary challenges against a few of her own colleagues as well.
Perhaps all this factored into her recent loss, though nobody can say for certain.
Regardless of the reasons, however, Ocasio-Cortez won’t hold a seat she very likely desired.
- Democrats voted not to give Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a seat on an important committee.
- The Energy And Commerce Committee handles many environmental and healthcare issues. It also has the “broadest jurisdiction of any authorizing Committee in Congress.”
- AOC’s history of occasionally butting heads with her fellow Democrats, and her recent remarks about a change in leadership, might’ve contributed to the vote.
Source: Fox News