The Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s 10 Major Accomplishments in Congress

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez @ SXSW 2019

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest woman member of the U.S. House of Representatives elected in 2018. AOC was just 29 when she swore her allegiance to the United States after beating Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, the former CNBC journalist and a Republican, on June 23, 2018. Keep reading to learn what AOC has accomplished

An Important Message From AOC

After swearing in as a member of the 116th Congress, AOC became a natural spokeswoman for addressing the middle-income group’s issues. Wearing a striking red lip color, the confident and youngest Hispanic congress member became the second most talked-about U.S. politician.

She challenged the status quo and advocated for:

  • Medicare For All
  • Turion-Free Public College
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement Termination

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Accomplishments

In June of 2018, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeated incumbent Congressman Joseph Crowley in the Democratic primary for New York’s 14th congressional district. AOC, as she is often called, was a political unknown before her upset victory – but she soon made a name for herself as a passionate and outspoken member of Congress.

List Of AOC Accomplishments

In just over 3 years, AOC has already accomplished a great deal. Here are some of her most notable accomplishments:

The Amazon Deal

AOC was instrumental in getting Amazon to cancel its plans to build a new headquarters in New York City. After AOC came out against the deal, other lawmakers followed suit, ultimately leading Amazon to pull out of the deal.

Hurricane Relief

She helped pass legislation that provides $14 billion in funding for Puerto Rico’s hurricane relief efforts. The bill also includes provisions that will help improve the island’s infrastructure and economy.

Environmentalism

Ocasio-Cortez co-sponsored the Green New Deal – a sweeping set of environmental proposals that aim to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and move the United States to a clean energy economy.

Investigating Trump

AOC has been a vocal critic of the Trump administration, and she played a key role in impeaching President Trump. AOC was one of the first lawmakers to call for Trump’s impeachment, and she helped draft articles of impeachment against him.

The House Oversight Committee

She is a member of the House Oversight Committee, which has been investigating the Trump administration on a number of fronts. AOC has been involved in some of the committee’s most high-profile investigations, including the investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia.

What else has AOC done?

Her accomplishments as a politician are impressive enough, but her work as an activist is significant. Some say AOC’s success lies in her willingness to speak plainly about complex issues and fight for what she believes in — regardless of how much opposition she faces or who is telling her “no.”

Her brief political career has so many achievements which are impossible to cover; however, we narrowed down significant accomplishments from 2019, Alexandria’s first year in Congress.

AOC testifies to Congress

Challenging Corrupt Politicians

In February 2019, Alexandria delivered a heartfelt argument for campaign-finance reform and ethics regulation, applied to President and congress members. She posed a series of questions from the ethics experts to reveal how easy it is for a corrupt, self-serving lawmaker to evade accountability.

She also asked about using “special interest dark money” from corporate PACs to fund a political campaign. She referred to it as the “Corruption Game.”

I’m going to be a bad guy — which I’m sure half the room would agree with 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Fundraising To Support Transgenders

In January 2019, Rep. AOC raised money for transgender youth by appearing on Donkey Kong 64 live stream hosted by harry Brewis. He commenced a live stream on Twitch to raise money for Mermaids, a charity organization supporting transgender people. Alexandria appeared on the live stream to discuss trans rights and collected more than $200,000  for Mermaids.

The Green New Deal

In February 2019, Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts senator Ed Markey proposed the Green New Deal legislation to address climate and economic inequality in America. The proposal aimed to stop using fossil fuels and infrastructure investment to achieve zero-emission of greenhouse gas.

The resolution aims to meet 100% power demands in the USA by utilizing renewable and environment-friendly sources by 2030. The Deal will create millions of jobs, healthy food, and clean water, apart from ecological benefits.

Climate Change Protest

In Nov 2018, on the first day of her congressional briefing, Alexandria joined a climate change protest outside Nancy Pelosi’s office.

Marching with The Environmental group Sunrise, Ocasio told The intercept something new had to get tested to bring the actual change.” The way things get done has not received results. We have to try new methods,” said AOC.

Amendments to end Trump’s Housing Rule

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez introduced two amendments to block President Trump’s racist Housing rule. The Trump administration introduced a decree on July 23 to change the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Act.

AFFH is a provision of the 1968 federal Fair Housing Act, and it is a powerful tool to end discriminatory land use, racial bias, loan lending, and rental housing in the U.S. If the House ratifies the amendments, the law will stop using federal funding to implement new rules and eventually end housing discrimination.

Prohibiting the Chemical Weapons Act

After George Floyd’s death, AOC continuously protested against police brutality and chemical agents to disperse peaceful demonstrations.

AOC introduced the “Prohibiting Law Enforcement Use of Chemical Weapons Act “to end the use of harmful chemicals on June 15, 2020.

The act forbids federal, state, and local law enforcement officers from using chemical weapons against the crowd.

According to the bill, law enforcement agencies should abandon chemical weapons such as tear gas during policing activities. 

Climate Equity Act

The Climate Equity Act 2020 is evidence of AOC’s focus on environmental justice. AOC and Kamala Harris introduced the act on August 11. The Climate Equity Act ensures frontline communities’ participation in climate-related policies.

Frontline communities include low-income, vulnerable, and communities of color facing socioeconomic discrepancy and environmental discrimination. The bill states that these frontline communities must draft significant environmental policies and programs instead of a few white men.

AOC Called For COVID Relief

She struggled for approval of the COVID -19 relief package from Congress. But she was frustrated when Congress approved $600 per person. AOC criticized Congress and said that this amount was insufficient for hard-hit Americans during the pandemic.

Apart from AOC, President Trump and Speaker Nancy Pelosi also called for amending the bill to increase the amount to $2000 or $40000 per person. The progressive Cortez backed the idea of Trump to help Americans recover from Pandemic losses.

Final Word

As a freshman congresswoman, she gained a national following for her outspoken advocacy on behalf of progressive causes and her willingness to take on establishment Democratic Party figures. Ocasio-Cortez has been described as the face of the new Democratic Party, and her victory has been seen as part of a larger trend of progressive candidates winning elections across the United States.

Ocasio-Cortez has been the subject of criticism from Republicans, who have accused her of being a socialist and have made personal attacks against her. She has also been criticized by some Democrats, who argue that her policies are too progressive and would be difficult to implement.

Despite the criticism, Ocasio-Cortez remains popular with Democratic voters and is widely seen as a rising star in the party. In 2019, she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.

Here are three more significant accomplishments from her first year:

  • She introduced legislation that would end ICE’s family separation policy.
  • She led efforts for Puerto Rico relief by securing $10 million in aid.
  • Cosponsored H.R. 1384

The H.R. 1384 Medicare for All Act has got praised by progressives for its potential to provide universal healthcare coverage to all Americans. The bill is opposed by conservatives who argue that it would lead to higher taxes and a bigger government.

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