Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday briefly grabbed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's gavel to preside over the House — reportedly becoming the youngest woman ever to do so.
"Every day here is a sacred privilege + responsibility entrusted to me by my community. I never forget that, and moments like these drive it home," she wrote.
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Ocasio-Cortez, 29, presided over the House of Representatives for roughly an hour as part of a routine rotation of members, Reuters reported.
"According to banks, Id be more responsible, but my character hasnt changed. Just my math," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. "The myth that bad credit or struggling w bills = irresponsibility is a heinous myth. Paying people less than whats needed to live is whats actually irresponsible. GDP + costs are rising, wages are not. That doesnt mean YOURE bad. It means working people are set up to fail."
The congresswoman presided over "special orders," which typically consists of House members discussing their home districts after legislative business is completed.
“That was my first time presiding. And it’s exciting," Ocasio-Cortez told reporters. "It’s certainly a view. I wish we could, I wish we were allowed to take photos."
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Last month, Pelosi, D-Calif., described Ocasio-Cortez as "a wonderful member of Congress, as I think all of our colleagues will attest" as she said certain districts, like the freshman rep's, are "solidly Democratic."
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Fox News’ Tucker Carlson found some common ground on Friday evening with 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and Fox News’ arch-enemy – Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Carlson argued that the duo are "absolutely, indisputably right" to propose the Loan Shark Prevention Act. The legislation the two lawmakers unveiled on Thursday would cap credit card interest rates at 15 percent in order to protect “working people” from a predatory banking system.
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“Today’s loan sharks wear expensive suits and work on Wall Street, where they make hundreds of millions of dollars in total compensation by charging sky-high fees and usurious interest rates,” the statement announcing the legislation said..
Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez added that the current median interest rate on credit cards is 21.36 percent, while banks are able to borrow money from the federal government with only 2 to 3 percent interest rate.
"Credit card debt destroys people," Carlson argued. "High interest rates exploit the weak. Banks, meanwhile, can borrow money from the Federal Reserve at 3 percent interest,” Carlson said. “Do the math. It’s a very good business.”
AOCs Green New Deal – a list of pie-in-the-sky policies designed to fight climate change – has been widely criticized for being too broad and expensive. Among the proposals listed in the plan would be the introduction of hydrogen-fueled planes, which Ocasio-Cortez claims could lessen Americas carbon footprint, and the culling of farting cows, which increase the airs methane supply.
Carlson did not only have kind words however, he added, “They don’t mean half of what they say. The other half they don’t really understand. They’re not impressive. But on this one issue, they are absolutely, indisputably right.”
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Video: AOC Presides Over House of Representatives for First Time