New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is beginning her career in Congress by voting against the first major piece of legislation brought forward by Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the likely next House Speaker.
The 29-year-old socialist took to Twitter on Wednesday to announce that she will oppose the House rules package Democrats’ will present when they take control of the lower chamber on Thursday.
“Tomorrow I will also vote No on the rules package, which is trying to slip in #PAYGO. PAYGO isn’t only bad economics, as @RoKhanna explains; it’s also a dark political maneuver designed to hamstring progress on healthcare+other leg. We shouldn’t hinder ourselves from the start,” she wrote.
Tomorrow I will also vote No on the rules package, which is trying to slip in #PAYGO.
PAYGO isn’t only bad economics, as @RoKhanna explains; it’s also a dark political maneuver designed to hamstring progress on healthcare+other leg.
We shouldn’t hinder ourselves from the start. https://t.co/WW3UaBs7vh
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 2, 2019
The rules package is one of the first votes that the House will take under Pelosi, and Ocasio-Cortez and many others are voting against it.
The party in power of a chamber in Congress makes the rules and members vote for it.
In order for the measure to fail, 18 Democrats and all Republicans would need to vote against the package on Thursday.
Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Ro Khanna, and others oppose the “pay-go” measure in the package because it requires all new spending to be offset with either budget cuts or tax increases.
Supporters argue that the “pay-go” amendment keeps the federal deficit in check — which doesn’t sit well with socialists and Democrats who want to raise taxes to spend money on their progressive pipe dreams.
She and others want it guaranteed that they can raise taxes and budgets, but the “pay-go” clause prevents that, which is why Ocasio-Cortez and others are opposing the package.
If the measure is voted down, it would mean the first major piece of legislation introduced this year by Pelosi went down in flames and failed.
Ocasio-Cortez has dominated headlines since she defeated 10-term Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., earlier this year and then won her election in November.
She has also come under fire numerous times for making a variety of nonsensical comments.
Last week, she hung a new plaque outside of her office in the U.S. capitol and came under fire for telling a major lie.
She took to Twitter to share a photograph of her official plaque and claimed she’s “Alex from the Bronx,” which is not true.
She actually grew up in a wealthy suburb just north of New York City in Westchester county and edited her website information to more accurately reflect that after criticism mounted.
Before that, the New York socialist called Jesus a “refugee” on Christmas to score cheap political points while speaking positively about refugees.
She was referring to the biblical account of Jesus’ birth in a stable manger, and she got the story completely wrong.
When they got to Bethlehem, Mary and Joseph registered for the census. They weren’t illegal aliens or refugees, they were obeying the law.
Before that, she called outgoing White House Chief of Staff General John Kelly a coward.
Last month, she misquoted the U.S. Constitution and falsely claimed that the age restriction to run for president only applies to men and not women.
She also threatened to subpoena Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, for trolling her with a meme on social media.