Ocasio-Cortez sells ambitious U.S. welfare legislation in home district
U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday promoted her ambitious welfare legislation to constituents in her home district in New York, finding a friendlier audience than she often encounters in the glare of Washington.
But voters in a town hall also pressed her on the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, climate change and healthcare, enabling the first-term congresswoman to display her progressive credentials on a range of issues.
Ocasio-Cortez, 29, has soared to prominence since her election a year ago, pushing the Democratic Party to veer to the left ahead of the November 2020 presidential election while becoming a favorite target of conservative Fox News and Republicans who consider her too radical.
“If the government worked for us half as much as it works for billionaires and corporations, our lives would be transformed,” Ocasio-Cortez said before about 100 people at a public library in the borough of Queens.
She outlined an agenda that may find a path through the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives but would be sure to fail in the Republican-led Senate.
Her “Just Society” proposal, comprising five separate bills, offers plenty of ammunition for critics and admirers.
4th October 2019