Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) criticized Republicans for “the sheer mediocrity of witnesses” they called forth during House committee hearings. Ocasio-Cortez said the GOP “brought in a guy… backed by oil lobbyists arguing that fossil fuels are ‘healthy.'”
“It’s embarrassing,” she said.
One of the things that genuinely surprised me in Congress is the sheer mediocrity of witnesses called forth by the GOP in hearings.
Yesterday they brought in a guy w/ a polka dot bowtie backed by oil lobbyists arguing that fossil fuels are “healthy.” HEALTHY.
It’s embarrassing. https://t.co/B17AsEZuCP
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 2, 2019
The freshman Congresswoman added that she expected the GOP’s witnesses “would be well-prepated” and that they’d testify before the committee with “sophisticated arguments for the opposing view.” The reality, she said, is that the majority of these arguments are “sloppy” and “reaching.”
“I think if everyday GOP voters saw the witnesses called on their behalf, they’d be upset,” she said.
I honestly thought GOP witnesses would be well-prepared, w/ sophisticated arguments for the opposing view – evil-genius lobbyist types.
But they’re often sloppy + reaching (not all though). I think if everyday GOP voters saw the witnesses called on their behalf, they’d be upset.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 2, 2019
The scariest conspiracy theory of all: that the men who hold power in our country are not incompetent at all, but fully aware of the irreparable damage they cause and wholly disinterested in the broken future they will leave behind for the rest of us to bare.
— Tom Casey (@tomcaseymusic) May 3, 2019
When you have a voting base for which facts are not required, they can get away with this. Words have no meaning as long as you ring that Pavlovian bell of bigotry, fear and greed
— (((Kobayashi Saru)))🖖🏻 (@3illSweet) May 3, 2019
It's intentional. The @GOP doesn't care about anyone, and their supporters only care about themselves.
— A.J. (@ajontheair) May 3, 2019
And so predictable from the GOP. So long as they get what they want corporately and individually, they don't give a damn how it looks to anybody. Why? Because there will be no questions they can't fend off/fan away & because there won't be criminal or pecuniary consequences-yet.
— C. Nicole Treadwell (@Bendigas) May 3, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez’s comments came after Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta’s appearance at a House Education and Labor Committee hearing on Wednesday. Acosta had been criticized for displaying little understanding of the link between women’s contraception and health. Representative Lauren Underwood (D-IL), a nurse, was particularly critical.
“For women, reproductive health care is health care,” she told Acosta. “But your department has issued rules that deny the science of reproductive health care and allow employers to deny workers health insurance that covers contraceptives. Despite the fact that courts have repeatedly blocked these rules, you and this administration are continuing your efforts to deny women contraceptive coverage.”
— Young Women United (@YwuWomen) May 2, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez has sparred with several lobbyists this week while expressing her disdain over the often enormous power lobbying efforts have on government policy.
Earlier this week, after NRA lobbyist Chris Cox warned that Democrats are “in for a rude awakening in November of next year when the real America goes to the polls” if they support Ocasio-Cortez’s “socialist wave.”
“Wild that the NRA is suggesting the voters of NY-14 aren’t ‘real Americans’ because they don’t think assault weapons in school classrooms is a good idea,” she wrote.
Civics lesson for the NRA: As much as they may not like it, the Bronx and Queens are part of “the real America,” too.
Wild that the NRA is suggesting the voters of NY-14 aren’t “real Americans” bc they don’t think assault weapons in school classrooms is a good idea. https://t.co/p5W14vrqQ1
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 26, 2019
Shortly afterward, following criticism from Republicans who accused her of seeking to advance her progressive agenda in her support for the Department of Veterans Affairs, which came amid efforts by large corporations to privatize the service.
Like many public systems, GOP want to rip the battery out + say the whole car doesn’t work, so they can sell it for parts.
Fully funding the VA & hiring to fill the *49k vacancies* is a clear path to improving it – not auctioning off our vet care systems to for-profit companies.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 25, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez said the GOP “participates in a lobbyist-friendly campaign to trash the VA” in the interest of deals with for-profit health care corporations.