Warren praises Ocasio-Cortez in Time 100

Warren praises Ocasio-Cortez in Time 100
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — ObamaCare premiums dropping for 2020 | Warren, Buttigieg shift stances on 'Medicare for All' | Drug companies spend big on lobbying Mellman: Trumping peace and prosperity On The Money: Waters clashes with Trump officials over 'disastrous' housing finance plan | Dems jump into Trump turf war over student loans | House passes bill targeting anonymous shell companies MORE (D-Mass.) on Wednesday praised freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezTlaib to join Sanders at campaign rally in Detroit AOC: Trump comparing impeachment inquiry to a lynching is 'atrocious' Former Obama official pushes back against assertion of unfair Sanders media coverage MORE (D-N.Y.), saying millions of people are now taking cues from the former bartender. 

"A year ago, she was taking orders across a bar," Warren writes in an essay on Ocasio-Cortez for Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People" list. "Today, millions are taking cues from her. She reminds all of us that even while greed and corruption slow our progress, even while armies of lobbyists swarm Washington, in our democracy, true power still rests with the people.

"And she’s just getting started," Warren, a 2020 presidential candidate, added. 

In the essay, Warren celebrated Ocasio-Cortez's journey to becoming a congresswoman, noting that "her commitment to putting power in the hands of the people is forged in fire."

"Coming from a family in crisis and graduating from school with a mountain of debt, she fought back against a rigged system and emerged as a fearless leader in a movement committed to demonstrating what an economy, a planet and a government that works for everyone should look like," she said. 

Ocasio-Cortez, who became the youngest congresswoman in history earlier this year, appeared on the list alongside President TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham to introduce resolution condemning House impeachment inquiry Support for impeachment inches up in poll Fox News's Bret Baier calls Trump's attacks on media 'a problem' MORE, former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaHillary Clinton has said she'd consider 2020 race if she thought she could win: report Singer Maggie Rogers speaks out after she was sexually harassed onstage Obama: Cummings showed us 'the importance of checks and balances' MORE and Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughTrump urged to hire chief strategist for impeachment fight Anita Hill: Kavanaugh's confirmation filled me with 'profound sadness and disappointment' Majority disapprove of Trump Supreme Court nominations, says poll MORE, among others. 

The Democratic freshman thanked Warren on Twitter for the write-up.

"Couldn’t be more honored and humbled to read these words from a woman I admire so deeply," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. "Thank you, Senator Warren, for your tireless fight for working families."

Time Editor-in-Chief and CEO Edward Felsenthal said that a record 48 women appeared on the list this year. 

Ocasio-Cortez emerged as a rising star in the Democratic Party last year after defeating 10-term Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) in a Democratic primary. 

She has been outspoken about a range of issues since being sworn into the lower chamber. She joined Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) earlier this year in introducing the Green New Deal resolution, an initiative that calls for sweeping infrastructure investments to combat climate change. 

She's also credited her experience as a bartender with helping her in her new job. She said in February that her experience in the service industry helped her cross-examine Trump's former lawyer, Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenTrump offers condolences on frequent foe Cummings: 'Very hard, if not impossible, to replace' Elijah Cummings, Democratic chairman and powerful Trump critic, dies at 68 Schiff says committees will eventually make impeachment inquiry transcripts public MORE, during his Congressional testimony. 

"Bartending + waitressing (especially in NYC) means you talk to 1000s of people over the years," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. "Forces you to get great at reading people + hones a razor-sharp BS detector.

"Just goes to show that what some consider to be 'unskilled labor' can actually be anything but."

Warren and Ocasio-Cortez were spotted having lunch in Washington last month and the two joked on Twitter about media speculation about the meeting.