Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joins House Financial Services Committee

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joins House Financial Services Committee

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joins House Financial Services Committee

It is exceedingly rare for first-year members of Congress to be placed on House committees as powerful as the Financial Services Committee.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) sparked a flood of hysterical and error-filled responses from the right when she suggested in a recent "60 Minutes" interview that America's top marginal tax rate should be hiked to 70 percent to help pay for bold progressive programs, but a survey published on Tuesday found that the majority of Americans are on the freshman congresswoman's side.

Yet progressives like Ocasio-Cortez, who has called for the biggest banks to be broken up, is expected to use the panel as a platform to call for more scrutiny of financial firms.

Ocasio-Cortez, a rising star in the Democratic Party who identifies as a democratic socialist, shunned corporate campaign donations during her run for office and has criticized Democrats for supporting deregulation.

She added: "Personally, I'm looking forward to digging into the student loan crisis, examining for-profit prisons/ICE detention, and exploring the development of public & postal banking".

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The Free Beacon noted that while Ocasio-Cortez most likely meant "she and her fellow liberal Democrats would enthusiastically pursue their agenda items, "run train" is known as a crude sexual term, which is sometimes used to denote acting in an aggressive manner".

"I don't think it's surprising", Ocasio-Cortez said of the poll results in an interview with The Hill".

On Monday, Donald Trump dismissed pot-shots fired by Ms Ocasio-Cortez, after she called the president "racist".

"She just takes us back to a big-spending, big-taxing Democratic Party", Lieberman told "Sunday Morning Futures".

She became the youngest woman elected to Congress, representing New York's 14th congressional district in the Bronx and Queens after upsetting a longtime Democratic incumbent.

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