Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is reportedly not pleased with busying committee assignments and having other typical freshmen duties.
Daily Mail reports these duties and her social media habits have caused a rift in her relationship with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Pelosi, who Ocasio-Cortez campaigned to vote against for the speakership, reportedly lectured the New York congresswoman for taking her intra-party complaints to Twitter rather than the party leadership.
“You got a complaint? You come and talk to me about it. But do not tweet about our members and expect us to think that that is just ok,” Pelosi said to her entire party, per the report.
The Daily Mail reports:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is defying Nancy Pelosi’s call to stop the tweets and will not change her social media habits after the speaker delivered a harsh tongue-lashing to her Democratic lawmakers in the Capitol Wednesday morning, warning them to stop tweeting about their colleagues.
‘No,’ Ocasio-Cortez said with a big grin to DailyMail.com Wednesday afternoon, when asked if she’d be changing her Twitter habits after Pelosi’s lecture.
She then went onto the House floor to vote.
The New York Democrat has 4.7 million Twitter followers, almost twice that amount of Pelosi’s 2.66 million.
Her defiance comes after the speaker told lawmakers earlier in the day to share their complaints with her and not their followers on Twitter.
Hilarious — AOC suggests her prominent committee assignments (any Freshman Rep's dream) might be a strategy to distract her.
"I was assigned to some of the busiest committees… And sometimes I wonder if they’re trying to keep me busy"https://t.co/qXhoTcveVh
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) July 10, 2019
The complaint and subsequent lecture came after Ocasio-Cortez and some of her colleagues voted against a $4.5 billion funding measure to help migrants at the border.
Pelosi said the bill, which was the Senate version written by a Republican majority, was better than no deal.
“Mitch McConnell would have been very happy if we passed nothing, and nothing was done. He doesn’t care about the children,” Pelosi told fellow lawmakers on Wednesday morning. “But to have nothing go to the children. I just couldn’t do that. I’m here to help the children when it’s easy and when it’s hard. Some of you are here to make a beautiful pâté but we’re making sausage most of the time.”
“We are up against this – a Republican Party, in the administration and in the Congress, that does not believe in governance – in honoring its responsibility to the people, does not believe in science, data, truth, evidence, fact to act upon,” the Speaker continued via Daily Mail.
“So, don’t play into their hands. Every day some of our Members have to fight the fight for their re-election. It’s easy for me in my district, right? I never have to worry about whether a Democrat will represent that district, whether it’s me or somebody else. But, in their districts, it makes a difference for what we can do for the American people if we have the Majority,” she added.
And, “So, I hope there will be some level of respect and sensitivity for our – each individual experience that we bring to this Caucus. When we won the Majority in ’06, we were able to do great things for the country and, including a path to electing a Democratic President. This time we have that same opportunity except we didn’t win the Senate, and that’s a challenge.”
Here’s more, via Daily Mail:
Her lecture came after Ocasio-Cortez revealed she has not spoken to Pelosi in months and suggested she was given a series of major committee assignments in an attempt to keep her busy.
‘I think sometimes people think that we have a relationship,’ she told The New Yorker Radio Hour.
When asked whether they did, the Democratic congresswoman said: ‘Not particularly – not one that I think is distinguished from anyone else.’
Ocasio-Cortez admitted she hasn’t spoken to the speaker one-on-one in months.
‘The last time I kind of spoke to her one on one was when she asked me to join the Select Committee on Climate Change,’ she said.
Pelosi announced the members of that committee in February – six months ago.
“I was assigned to some of the busiest committees and four subcommittees. So my hands are full. And sometimes I wonder if they’re trying to keep me busy,” the freshman lawmaker contended.