Published: Wed, January 16, 2019
Money | By Bruce West

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joins House Financial Services Committee

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joins House Financial Services Committee

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez mocked her critics in a Washington Post interview, telling them to "enjoy being exhausted for the next two years while we run train on the progressive agenda". In that short span of time she's become a popular figure in the Democratic Party and a media darling, praised by the left and often criticized by right.

Progressive congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has joined the House Financial Services Committee to help regulate Wall Street. Valliere points to a recent Hill-HarrisX poll showing that 59% of respondents are in favor of the 70% top tax rate for the wealthy that Ocasio-Cortez suggested on a recent interview with "60 Minutes".

Their reported appointments to the House Financial Services Committee would be a setback for the industry, which had hoped the committee would be filled by moderate Democrats more sympathetic to their issues.

"Everybody knows someone in their life that is already an awesome public servant", Ocasio-Cortez said in a nine-minute video released Wednesday by Justice Democrats.

The powerful committee also oversees the US housing market, insurance and global finance sectors, among other areas.

Ocasio-Cortez fired back on Twitter.

"Who cares?" Trump said of her comments, brushing off the question with a hand gesture. The 29-year-old socialist Democrat from the Bronx is part of a new wave of lawmakers who've denounced income inequality, while demanding that the biggest earners pay much higher taxes.

Her victory in the November general election was a foregone conclusion in New York's 14th Congressional District, where 77 per cent of voters chose Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in 2016. "You know, like, 'We're going to take her down.' Dude, you're all out of bullets, you're all out of bombs, you're all out of all this stuff".

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