Ocasio-Cortez: ‘I truly do not’ believe Pelosi snubbed me on climate change panel

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezLawmakers 'failed us' says ICE chief Pelosi, Democratic leaders seek to quell liberal revolt over border bill Bronx restaurants thank Ocasio-Cortez for her endorsements MORE (D-N.Y.) said Thursday she does not feel Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - In exclusive interview, Trump talks Biden, Iran, SCOTUS and reparations Lawmakers 'failed us' says ICE chief Pelosi, Democratic leaders seek to quell liberal revolt over border bill MORE (D-Calif.) snubbed her by not putting her on a new special climate change committee

“I truly do not. The Speaker was gracious enough to invite me on it,” Ocasio-Cortez, a progressive firebrand who began her congressional tenure last month advocating for significant shifts in climate policy, said on MSNBC when asked if she felt Pelosi had snubbed her.

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She maintained that while she was offered a spot on the high-profile committee, her existing positions on other panels would have hindered her ability to fully engage on the select committee.

“So we announced our committee assignments. I did not know if I was going to be asked or selected for the select committee at that time, so I wanted to maximize my standing committee assignments. So, I was able to get on financial services, which is one of just a handful of exclusive committees that freshmen almost never get on, and I’m on the environmental subcommittee of oversight, which is also a very high-profile committee,” she said, adding that she was on another four subcommittees. 

“I would have to give up doing my job well, is how I feel, and I don’t want to give that up.”

The select committee is tasked with examining climate change and steps to mitigate it, though it will not be able to introduce legislation itself. Its members include lawmakers with a wide range of tenures, including three freshmen.

The Democratic members are Reps. Ben Ray Luján (N.M.), Suzanne BonamiciSuzanne Marie BonamiciChaos within the EPA exposes Americans to toxins like asbestos WHIP LIST: Number of Democrats backing Trump impeachment inquiry rises DeVos defends controversial guidance on transgender students MORE (Ore.), Julia BrownleyJulia Andrews BrownleyBooker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements Overnight Energy: Ocasio-Cortez rolls out Green New Deal measure | Pelosi taps members for climate panel | AOC left out | Court reviews order for EPA to ban pesticide Ocasio-Cortez: ‘I truly do not’ believe Pelosi snubbed me on climate change panel MORE (Calif.), Sean CastenSean CastenCongressional scorekeeper: Repealing SALT deduction cap would benefit high earners House panel to hold hearings on SALT deduction cap The Hill's Morning Report - Trump struggles to replicate 2016 coalition MORE (Ill.), Jared HuffmanJared William HuffmanO'Rourke's defends his 'war tax' amid criticism Dems eye repeal of Justice rule barring presidential indictments The Hill's Morning Report - Democrats wonder: Can Nadler handle the Trump probe? MORE (Calif.), Mike Levin (Calif.), A. Donald McEachinAston (Donale) Donald McEachinVirginia lawmakers respond to shooting: 'My heart breaks for ... our entire commonwealth' Overnight Energy: Trump moves forward with rule on California drilling | House panel advances bill that resumes participation in Paris climate fund | Perry pressed on 'environmental justice' | 2020 Dem proposes climate corps Perry, asked about environmental justice, talks about electricity prices MORE (Va.) and Joseph Neguse (Colo.).

“This new Select Committee will spearhead Democrats’ work to develop innovative, effective solutions to prevent and reverse the climate crisis,” Pelosi said in a statement. “It will generate the energy and action required to permanently reduce pollution so that we can honor our responsibility to be good stewards of the planet for future generations.”

Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeySenate set to bypass Iran fight amid growing tensions Young activists press for change in 2020 election Hillicon Valley: House panel advances election security bill | GOP senator targets YouTube with bill on child exploitation | Hicks told Congress Trump camp felt 'relief' after release of Clinton docs | Commerce blacklists five Chinese tech groups MORE (D-Mass.) introduced a new climate change resolution Thursday that seeks to codify the progressive "Green New Deal" and push the U.S. to take a lead role in reducing carbon emissions through the economy.

“Whereas, because the United States has historically been responsible for a disproportionate amount of greenhouse gas emissions, having emitted 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions through 2014, and has a high technological capacity, the United States must take a leading role in reducing emissions through economic transformation,” the resolution reads.