The former bartender, who joined a climate-change protest in Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office during her freshman congressional orientation, also demanded the creation of a specific committee to further the implementation of a so-called "green new deal", but was refused that as well.
"I'm sure Ms. Cortez means well, but there's nearly an outstanding rule: Don't attack your own people", veteran Missouri Rep. Emanuel Cleaver said. 'Honestly, if the Democrats had 3 more of her, Americans would run away so fast that we'd have a power monopoly until she's Lieberman's age'. Rank and file are peeved that there's a grassroots movement to try to win her a top committee post they feel she doesn't deserve. "She's controversial", Lieberman continued.
Some lawmakers are trying to convince Ocasio-Cortez to use her influence to unite Democrats, while others have warned her that she's headed for a lonely tenure in Congress if she treats her more moderate colleagues as enemies, the report said.
They both unseated a fellow Democrat and share Puerto Rican roots.
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Gabbard sits on the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees and is now a Major in the Army National Guard . Former Obama administration housing chief Julian Castro plans to announce his run for the presidency on Saturday.
Instead, the open downstate NY slot on the House Ways and Means Committee went to a moderate Democrat, Long Island Rep. Tom Suozzi, a former CPA, attorney and county executive.
Lieberman said Thursday that she's too "left-left" to help the Democratic Party be a sustainable political powerhouse. "People want to see results".
"She's new here, feeling her way around", said Representative Kurt Schrader (D., Ore.). "She doesn't understand how the place works yet".
Ocasio-Cortez is a self-proclaimed socialist democrat who has claimed higher taxes and wealth distribution are needed.