Democrats may be verbally defending Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) and Rashida Tlaib , but when it comes to giving them a position where they could have an effect on party policy, they run away as fast as they can. AOC wanted a seat on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, but she was passed over. The feeling that I get is that they don’t want her or Tlaib to become the face of their party. Tlaib failed to win a seat on the House Appropriations Committee, which oversees funding of federal government agencies. Again, Democrats denied a member of the socialist movement of the party.
Corbin Trent, a spokesperson for Ocasio-Cortez, said that while the progressive lawmaker hoped to win the seat, she is “excited to see what committees she does get.”
The development is the second defeat for Ocasio-Cortez, whose tenure 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 rules package, including the “pay-go” provision. The rule, designed to prevent the deficit from increasing, encourages Congress to offset the cost of legislation that increases spending on entitlement programs.
Despite support from the progressive coalition, Tlaib failed to win a seat on the House Appropriations Committee, which oversees funding of federal government agencies.
Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American woman elected to Congress, faced a rare 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 to reporters in her home state this week, Tlaib reiterated that she would not apologize for the remark, and only expressed regret that it became a “distraction.”
“I am a person that is authentically me,” Tlaib said at a Michigan Veterans Foundation event Tuesday. “I’m very passionate about fighting for all of us, and the use of that language was a teachable moment for me.”
Democrats are working as hard as they can to keep these two newly-elected women down. They are afraid that they will turn off huge voting blocks and that the Republicans could take back the House in 2020.
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