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Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib Lose Fight for Influential House Committee Seats

Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib Lose Fight for Influential House Committee Seats

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) were dealt blows this week after failing to secure seats on powerful House committees despite a push from progressive groups.

Last week, Ocasio-Cortez joined House Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and Ro Khanna (D-CA) in voting against the rules package, including the “pay-go” provision.

Supported by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the rules package passed 234-197.

Ocasio-Cortez’s candidacy was supported by left-wing organizations, including the Democratic Socialists of America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, as part of a campaign to install progressive lawmakers in influential committees to reign in corporate influence.

Despite support from the progressive coalition, Tlaib failed to win a seat on the House Appropriations Committee, which oversees funding of federal government agencies.

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