Ocasio-Cortez criticizes congressional orientation program for featuring CEOs over labor leaders

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDemocrats brush off GOP 'trolling' over Green New Deal The Green New Deal would benefit independent family farmers Juan Williams: America needs radical solutions MORE (D-N.Y.) called out a new members of Congress orientation event for not featuring labor leaders on a panel.

“Right now Freshman members of Congress are at a ‘Bipartisan’ orientation w/ briefings on issues,” she tweeted. “Invited panelists offer insights to inform new Congressmembers‘ views as they prepare to legislate.”

“# of Corporate CEOs we’ve listened to here: 4

# of Labor leaders: 0”

Ocasio-Cortez and other new members are in Boston this week for the Program for Newly Elected Members of Congress at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics.


The self-described democratic socialist and Bronx native has fashioned herself as a champion of workers’ rights, and campaigned on a number of labor-related reforms including a universal jobs guarantee, paid family and sick leave and "Medicare for all."

A schedule of events was not publicly available, but Rep.-elect Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibFuror over Omar puts spotlight on AIPAC Democratic voters more opposed to border deal's provisions than Republicans Ocasio-Cortez, other progressive freshmen to oppose border bill MORE (D-Mich.) tweeted that former Trump adviser and Goldman Sachs CEO Gary CohnGary David CohnChristie: Trump doesn’t give nicknames to people he respects On The Money: Congress pivots to prevent another shutdown | Trump hits Venezuelan oil company with sanctions | US criminal charges filed against Huawei | Next round of China trade talks set | Forecasts raise doubt on Trump’s economic goals Gary Cohn joked about sending Trump to help Brexit talks: report MORE addressed the group.

Tlaib took a jab at Cohn, who reportedly told them: “You guys are way over your head, you don't know how the game is played.”

“No Gary, YOU don't know what's coming - a revolutionary Congress that puts people over profits,” Tlaib wrote.

The Hill has reached out to the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics for more information.