Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has been feuding with Nancy Pelosi over progressive issues and the use of social media, said she thinks the House speaker assigned her to a number of committees “to keep me busy.”
“I was assigned to some of the busiest committees and four subcommittees,” the outspoken first-year lawmaker said on “The New Yorker Radio Hour” on Tuesday. “So my hands are full. And sometimes I wonder if they’re trying to keep me busy.”
The New York Democrat’s interview came after Pelosi mocked Ocasio-Cortez and her freshman progressive colleagues — Reps. Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley — for their Twitter-based influence after they voted against an emergency aid package for the southern border.
“All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” Pelosi told the New York Times in an article published Sunday. “But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”
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Ocasio-Cortez responded in a tweet, saying “that public ‘whatever’ is called public sentiment,” adding that’s how “we actually achieve meaningful change in this country.”
She laughed off a question about whether she has a relationship with Pelosi and said the last time she talked to the House leader was when she turned down a spot on the Select Committee on Climate Change.
Ocasio-Cortez said she wanted the panel to draft legislation on her Green New Deal environmental plan, to have subpoena power and to have those sitting on the committee reject money from the fossil fuel industry.
“None of those requests were accommodated, and so I didn’t join the committee,” she said.
The host asked how Pelosi reacted when she declined.
”She was fine with it. She said OK,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
Meanwhile, Pelosi reportedly lashed out at progressive lawmakers behind closed doors on Wednesday for airing their party grievances on social media.
”So, again, you got a complaint? You come and talk to me about it,” Pelosi told Democrats, Politico reported. “But do not tweet about our members and expect us to think that that is just OK.”