Coalition Demands Pelosi Assign Ocasio-Cortez, Other ‘Progressive Champions’ to Powerful Committees

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A progressive coalition is demanding House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) place certain progressive, current and incoming Democrats on influential House committees.

The coalition has called on the presumptive House speaker to award Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D., Wash.), and Rep. Ro Khanna (D., Calif.) with assignments on the Ways and Mean Committee. The group also wants Jayapal to be on the Judiciary Committee, Rep.-elect Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) on Appropriations, and Rep.-elect Katie Porter (Calif.) on Financial Services.

The coalition consists of groups such as Justice Democrats, Demand Progress, and Democratic Socialists of America.

"As nearly every major potential Democratic presidential contender embraces progressive ideas like Medicare for All, free college, and ending mass deportation and incarceration, we need progressive champions on key House committees that would fight to pass these policies under a Democratic administration, not centrists who would simply cave to their big corporate donors," said Alexandra Rojas, executive director of Justice Democrats.

The executive director of Demand Progress criticized "reactionary Democrats" who are "frequently aligned with groups like the Problem Solvers Caucus, New Democrats and the Blue Dogs" for "holding the Party and country back."

"It's past time to finally have working class fighters ready to stand up to Wall Street and the rest of the capitalist class on the Ways and Means Committee," said Maria Svart, executive director of Democratic Socialists of America.

Last week, Pelosi reached a deal with House Democrats who opposed her bid for the top leadership spot, likely ensuring she becomes speaker of the House when the party takes control of the chamber in January. The progressive coalition said it would be "mobilizing volunteers online, to tweet, call and visit the offices of Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders to make their voices heard."

Jeffrey Cimmino

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Jeff Cimmino is a media analyst at the Washington Free Beacon. He is a senior pursuing a B.A. in history and a minor in government at Georgetown University. Prior to working at the Free Beacon, he interned at National Review and the Foreign Policy Initiative.

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