Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to join House Financial Services Committee

Then-Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio Cortez

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says her pending appointment to the House panel that oversees Wall Street shows the financial industry's influence is waning in Washington.

Ocasio-Cortez has been a critic of the financial system, and has siad she would like to see the break-up of the biggest banks and the restoration of the Glass-Steagall Act, which separated investment and commercial banking.

AOC also remarked on the intense scrutiny she receives, telling the Post it's "physically exhausting".

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

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman reaffirmed his belief on Sunday that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is not the future of the Democratic Party.




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

Asked at the White House to respond to her, Trump shook his head, waved dismissively and grimaced: 'Who cares?'

US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of NY, leaves a photo opportunity with the female Democratic members of the 116th US House of Representatives outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, Jan. 4, 2019.

The 29-year-old Democratic socialist claimed on Twitter that she understood Trump "like the back of my hand", comparing him to men she encountered bartending in NY.

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.

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