Sanders wishes Ocasio-Cortez happy birthday

Sanders wishes Ocasio-Cortez happy birthday
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDNC warns campaigns about cybersecurity after attempted scam Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Biden looks to shore up lead in S.C. MORE (I-Vt.) on Sunday wished Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOvernight Energy: New Interior rule would limit scientific studies agency can consider | Panel battles over tree-planting bill | Trump to resume coal leases on public lands Ocasio-Cortez reads entire Green New Deal into congressional record Ocasio-Cortez meets with 'Roma' star to discuss workers' rights MORE (D-N.Y.) a happy birthday and told her she is “changing this country” with her courage.

“You are changing this country by having the courage to stand up to the rich and powerful,” Sanders tweeted along with a photo of the two lawmakers smiling. “Together we'll make health care a right and ensure a thriving planet for future generations.”

The two progressive lawmakers have been close political allies and have supported each other on key pieces of legislation, including Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal and Sanders’s "Medicare for All."

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Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, turned 30 on Sunday.

The freshman lawmaker volunteered for Sanders’s 2016 presidential campaign and later pointed to working on the longtime senator’s presidential campaign for getting her involved in politics.

She previously said that Sanders gave her advice on committee assignments and how to navigate Congress as she entered in 2019 after a surprising primary victory the year before.