Ocasio-Cortez interested in Energy and Commerce post

Ocasio-Cortez interested in Energy and Commerce post
© Greg Nash

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 PalloneFacebook takes down anti-NATO pages linked to Russia Overnight Health Care: Dem chair plans hearing on Medicare for all | Senate GOP talks drug prices with Trump health chief | PhRMA CEO hopeful Trump reverses course on controversial pricing proposal Dem chairwoman plans hearing on Medicare for all proposals 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 Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiOvernight Defense: Trump unveils new missile defense plan | Dems express alarm | Shutdown hits Day 27 | Trump cancels Pelosi foreign trip | Senators offer bill to prevent NATO withdrawal McConnell blocks bill to reopen most of government Overnight Health Care: Thousands more migrant children may have been separated | Senate rejects bill to permanently ban federal funds for abortion | Women's March to lobby for 'Medicare for All' 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.