Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joins House Financial Services Committee

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Joe Lieberman

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The New York lawmaker, who has become a sensation among progressives, will nearly certainly join the House Financial Services Committee after a group of fellow Democrats on the party's steering committee voted to recommend her for the panel on Tuesday, according to people familiar with the matter.

It is exceedingly rare for first-year members of Congress to be placed on House committees as powerful as the Financial Services Committee.

Representatives for Democratic U.S. Representative Maxine Waters, the panel chair, could not be immediately reached for comment.

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Ocasio-Cortez fired back on Twitter. "What we see, overall, is that the vast majority of Americans know that income inequality is one of the biggest issues of our time".

She added: "Personally, I'm looking forward to digging into the student loan crisis, examining for-profit prisons/ICE detention, and exploring the development of public & postal banking".

Walker quoted Ocasio-Cortez once more, then went on a bit of a rampage about socialism, effectively sub-tweeting the Democratic representative.

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Tulsi Gabbard, a lawmaker from Hawaii who says she plans to run for president in 2020, is also poised to join, the people said.

Ms Ocasio-Cortez has generated more interactions - retweets plus likes - on the social media site than party leaders Obama, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer.

Her victory in the November general election was a foregone conclusion in New York's 14th Congressional District, where 77 per cent of voters chose Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in 2016.

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A new poll conducted by The Hill-HarrisX indicates a broad degree of support for Ocasio-Cortez's proposal to increase the upper tax bracket in the United States to 70 percent - something she claims is nothing new for America.

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