Alexandria Occasio-Cortez, the youngest congresswoman elected in the nation’s history, has already started causing trouble for Nancy Pelosi, the soon to be majority leader. Fox News reports:
Moments after arriving on Capitol Hill for freshman orientation, Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., went to the office of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
It wasn’t to speak with Pelosi about her run for House speakership. But to join an impromptu sit-in outside of Pelosi’s office to push for congressional action on climate change.
“We need to tell her that we’ve got her back in showing and pursuing the most progressive energy agenda that this country has even seen,” Ocasio-Cortez said while standing in the middle of a group of around 200 protestors holding signs reading “Green Jobs For All.”
The protesters wants Democratic leaders to put forward a “Green New Deal” that includes a swift transition to 100 percent renewable energy in line with findings of a recent report on climate change by United Nations. Fox News has learned 51 protesters were arrested Tuesday after refusing to leave a hallway outside Pelosi’s office.
Cortez might have been overplayed her hand, not realizing just how powerful a house speaker when it comes to distributing committee positions. We can expect Cortez to be assigned some minor position and be excluded of all high level talks.