Sanders wishes Ocasio-Cortez happy birthday

Sanders wishes Ocasio-Cortez happy birthday
© Getty Images

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie Sanders2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes 2020 Dems put focus on stemming veteran suicides The Memo: Democrats confront prospect of long primary MORE (I-Vt.) on Sunday wished Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezSanders says Ocasio-Cortez will play a 'very important role' in his administration if he's elected Top Sanders adviser suggests polling underestimates campaign support Omar renews claim Stephen Miller is a 'white nationalist' amid calls for him to step down 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."

ADVERTISEMENT

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.