Share Lee Moran Mar 14th 2019 7:46AM Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) issued a plea on Twitter Wednesday night for advice on how to furnish her Washington apartment.
The freshman lawmaker revealed she still had almost no furniture after two months living in the capital and asked her 3.5 million followers to name the first five items they would buy if they were starting from scratch.
Is Instagram still down? Bc after 2 months almost furnitureless in DC I am trying to take you all on the riveting adventure of getting: a chair 😆(Also, if you had to start a new apt from scratch, what would be the first 5 pieces of furniture/items you would get? Asking for me)
Something called socialism is in the air. Should we worry? The answer is yes, if you can stop laughing.
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The US House Financial Services Committee used to be seen as a cozy spot for lawmakers seeking big donations checks from financial giants, but things have changed with the appointment of several new Democrats to the panel.
What most conservatives contest is the notion that its going to kill us all in 12 years and whether we have to nationalize a third of the American economy to fight it. Im more than willing to entertain the argument that we need to spend more on expanding nuclear power or strong-arming countries with much larger carbon footprints into decreasing their emissions. But no serious person actually believes that the planet will become literally unlivable in the next decade and a half. (“Wildfire smoke” indeed.)
Among them is Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York — who didnt hold back Tuesday during a tense cross-examination of Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan. He was before the committee to answer questions about widespread fraudulent misconduct by Wells Fargo employees.
But Ocasio-Cortez asked why Wells Fargo had financed companies that built immigration detention centers in which children were separated from their parents. “Why was the bank involved in the caging of children and financing the caging of children to begin with?” the freshman representative from New York City fired off at the executive, who for a moment seemed nonplussed.
Ocasio-Cortez justified her questioning with reference to a Guardian opinion piece tying the bank to loans to “for-profit immigrant detention centers,” which she said held children separated from their migrant parents under the Trump administrations since-ended family-separation policy. (One of the companies she named, CoreCivic, issued a statement to Fox News denying detaining children unaccompanied by their parents.)
“For a period of time, we were involved in financing one of the firms,” Sloan said. “We arent anymore. Im not familiar with the specific assertions that youre making, but we werent directly involved in that.”
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“OK, so these companies run private detention facilities run by ICE, which is involved in caging children, but Ill move on,” she said before pivoting to a new line of attack: the banks funding for the Dakota Access pipeline, whose construction was opposed by local American Indian groups.
“So hypothetically, if there was a leak from the Dakota Access pipeline, why shouldnt Wells Fargo pay for the cleanup of it, since it paid for the construction of the pipeline itself?” she asked.
Sloan responded that the bank did not operate the pipeline, adding, “Our team reviewed the environmental impact and we concluded that it was a risk that we were willing to take.”
Ocasio-Cortez secured a seat on the powerful oversight panel in January, when it came under the leadership of the California Democrat Maxine Waters. She quickly pledged to use her new role to place financial giants under aggressive oversight on a range of issues.
But how does she want banks to change? Her lines of questioning on Wednesday indicate that shes seeking a radical shake-up of the concept of corporate responsibility, with lenders in some cases footing the bill for environmental catastrophes caused by customers.
She has also spoken in favor of reviving the Glass-Steagall Act, separating commercial and investment-banking activities, and investigating the student-loan crisis.
Her approach is sure to face resistance, with commenters on social media picking her ideas apart in real time during Sloans hearing.
“I have a wells Fargo auto loan. They financed my car. Should they pay for damage I cause in a car accident?” one Facebook user wrote on C-SPANs Facebook page.
Ocasio-Cortez has indicated she sees her role as being about provoking people to ask questions about the kind of banking sector they want — and shaking up a panel that had been called a “juice committee.”
She is one of several lawmakers on the panel who have pledged not to take donations from corporate PACS.
She told Reuters in January that her appointment and that of other progressives “sends a very powerful message” to the financial industry, and she wanted to pursue aggressive oversight and expose financial corporations role in broader social ills.
“We can leap back in and say, what does a responsible financial sector looks like?” she told the agency.