Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has been named one of the least effective members of Congress, according to a study from non-partisan group Center for Effective Lawmaking.
What are the details?
According to the New York Post, Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest member of Congress, was among the “least effective members of the last Congress.”
“Ocasio-Cortez introduced a total of 21 bills that the center defined as ‘substantive’ — but that is where the story ends,” the outlet reported. “Her legislation received no action in committees, no floor votes, and none ever became law, according to the center, which takes its data from Congress.gov.”
Alan Wiseman, a Vanderbilt University political scientist and co-director of The Center for Effective Lawmaking, told the Post, “She introduced a lot of bills, but she was not successful at having them receive any sort of action in committee or beyond committee, and if they can’t get through committee, they cannot pass the House.”
“It’s clear that she was trying to get her legislative agenda moving and engage with the lawmaking process, but she wasn’t as successful as some other members were — even among [other] freshmen — at getting people to pay attention to her legislation,” Wiseman added.
Ocasio-Cortez, according to the group, ranked 230th out of 240 Democrats, and among New York’s 19 Democratic lawmakers, she ranked dead last.
The outlet pointed to a “Democratic House insider” who said that Ocasio-Cortez’s politics and demeanor rankled some of her fellow lawmakers.
“Tweeting is easy, governing is hard,” the insider said. “You need to have friends. You need to understand the committee process, you need to be willing to make sacrifices. Her first day in Congress … she decided to protest outside of Nancy Pelosi’s office.”
A second insider who reportedly worked with the congressman in the New York delegation said that Ocasio-Cortez has never been focused on legislation.
“It was media and narrative,” the source said.
Author: Sarah Taylor