Ocasio-Cortez interested in Energy and Commerce post

Ocasio-Cortez interested in Energy and Commerce post
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Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is expressing interest in joining the powerful House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Ocasio-Cortez has reached out to Rep. Frank Pallone Jr.Frank Joseph PalloneHouse panel investigating private equity firms' role in surprise medical billing Hotel industry mounts attack on Airbnb with House bill Push on 'surprise' medical bills hits new roadblocks MORE (D-N.J.), who is expected to become chairman of the panel next year, about obtaining a seat, Politico first reported.

“I welcome Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s and other members’ interest in the Energy and Commerce Committee,” Pallone said in a statement Monday.

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Pallone noted that decisions on committee assignments would be made by the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.

Ocasio-Cortez’s spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.

House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPence says it's 'vital' for Congress to pass US-Mexico-Canada trade deal The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump heads to California Obama, Bush among those paying tribute to Cokie Roberts: 'A trailblazing figure' MORE (D-Calif.) will also have a big say on committee assignments, and Ocasio-Cortez has given her support to the likely future Speaker.

Ocasio-Cortez’s stance on reviving a select committee on climate change directly conflicts with Pallone’s views. He argues his committee and other committees of jurisdiction are already “strong champions for addressing climate change.”

Ocasio-Cortez has placed a strong focus on environmental issues, receiving praise from progressive groups for her proposal calling for 100 percent of the nation’s electricity to be produced from renewable energy sources.