Ocasio-Cortez to serve as second-highest ranking Democrat on House Oversight Committee
She’ll serve alongside Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland and a ranking member of the Democratic Party.
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has risen to her most high-profile role yet as vice ranking member of the House Oversight Committee in the 118th Congress, per Politico.
The New York Democrat will serve alongside ranking member Jamie Raskin of Maryland, both of whom will have a direct hand on the laundry list of investigations that Congress’ Freedom Caucus hopes to pursue.
“Thank you to my colleagues on [House Oversight Committee] for entrusting me with this responsibility. I’m thrilled to get to work with our incredible Oversight team!” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter.
Last Friday, Jan. 29, Politico posed the question directly to Ocasio-Cortez —- whose voice often reverberates on the national stage — but said that conversations were ongoing and nothing had been finalized.
Democrats created the vice-ranking member as a position that came to fruition in 2017, the last time they were in the minority, in an effort to elevate junior members in Congress.
This week, according to Politico, committee assignments were finalized, and Ocasio-Cortez went from presumed to confirmed and will be able to support the Democratic agenda within the GOP-dominated committee should Raskin be unable to be present.
The House Oversight Committee comprises some of President Joe Biden’s most ardent opposers — including Reps. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and Scott Perry (R-Pa.), who chairs the House Freedom Caucus.
In anticipation of committee assignments amid one of the most chaotic House Speaker votes in recent history, the Freedom Caucus pledged to look into several facets of the administration.
Among some of their priorities are the coronavirus pandemic, its origins, federal directives, and the 2021 withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. But the committee is also targeting the president directly by investigating his son, Hunter Biden, and his business endeavors.
Bullish about Ocasio-Cortez’s prospects in the committee, Raskin said the new members “have come from all over America to fight for their communities.”
“Now they join the Democrats on the Oversight and Accountability Committee — the ‘Truth Squad’ — to conduct thorough and fact-based oversight to ensure an effective, efficient, and accountable American government that delivers for the American people,” he continued, in a statement to Politico.
Ocasio-Cortez — who enters her third term in Congress — also has a working history with Raskin. They worked together in the last Congress on the Oversight Committee, in a subpanel Raskin chaired on civil rights issues.
Ocasio-Cortez was the subpanel’s vice chair.
“I think I’m going to have a lot of fun on this committee,” Ocasio-Cortez told reporters at Capitol Hill after being named vice-ranking member.
“Of course, [Republicans are] going to be calling hearings on horrible things, but our job is to protect the people and protect the vulnerable communities that they seek to attack… it gives us an opportunity and a platform to de-legitimize a lot of the disinformation that they’ve been advancing.”
The Oversight Committee begins its agenda with testimonies from Border Patrol officials, a hearing on Twitter’s handling of the 2020 elections, and a New York Post story on Hunter Biden, per Politico.
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