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Ocasio-Cortez: Pelosi assigned me to a number of panels to keep me busy

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has been feuding with Nancy Pelosi over progressive issues and the use of social media, said she thinks the House speaker assigned her to a number of committees “to keep me busy.”

“I was assigned to some of the busiest committees and four subcommittees,” ​the outspoken first-year lawmaker said on The New Yorker Radio Hour on Tuesday. “So my hands are full. And sometimes I wonder if theyre trying to keep me busy.”

​The New York Democrats interview came after Pelosi mocked Ocasio-Cortez and her freshman progressive colleagues – Rep. Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley – for their Twitter-based influence after they voted against a emergency aid package for the border.

“All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” Pelosi told the New York Times in an article published Sunday. “But they didnt have any following. Theyre four people and thats how many votes they got.”​

Ocasio-Cortez responded in a Tweet, saying “that public whatever is called public sentiment,” adding thats have “we actually achieve meaningful change in this country.”

She laughed off a question about whether she has a relationship with Pelosi and said the last time she talked to the House leader was when she turned down a spot on Select Committee on Climate Change.

Ocasio-Cortez said she wanted the panel to draft legislation on her Green New Deal environmental plan, to have subpoena power and to have those sitting on the committee to reject money from the fossil fuel industry.

“None of those requests were accommodated, and so I didnt join the co

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