Ocasio-Cortez: Biden agenda 'a little hazy'

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - J&J vax rollout today; third woman accuses Cuomo 'Lucky': Inside Ocasio-Cortez's endorsement of Sanders Biden officials urge patience on immigration amid border surge MORE (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday said that she thinks President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenIntercept bureau chief: minimum wage was not 'high priority' for Biden in COVID-19 relief South Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Obama alum Seth Harris to serve as Biden labor adviser: report MORE’s White House agenda is “a little hazy” based on his Cabinet selections.

The New York progressive told reporters at the Capitol that Biden’s incoming Cabinet needs “a more cohesive vision.”

“You have an individual appointment here, an individual appointment there,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “We can wrestle about whether they are bold enough or ambitious enough, especially given the uncertainty and what kind of Senate we’re going to have.”


“But aside from that, I think one of the things I’m looking for, when I see all of these picks put together is: What is the agenda? What is this overall vision going to be? And to me, I think that’s a little hazy,” she added.

Ocasio-Cortez told the reporters that she’s trying to understand “the overall message” from Biden’s team “in this entire Cabinet put together.”

“We have a person who has a more conservative history, that’s one thing, but what is the mission that they are being given in their individual agency, whether it’s Transportation, Defense, OMB [Office of Management and Budget], etc.?” she asked. “What is the mandate here?”

“I just think that’s something that we’re looking to see is — it’s something that I hope will be pushed,” she added. 

The progressive firebrand's comments come as Biden, who has vowed to have the "most diverse Cabinet" in American history, has announced his nominees for a number of top administration positions.


Some picks, including his choice for secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services — California Attorney General Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraTanden withdraws nomination as Biden budget chief Overnight Health Care: Biden says US will have enough vaccine for all adults by end of May | Biden calls on all states to vaccinate teachers by the end of March | Texas, Mississippi lift mask mandates Becerra tells Warren he will do 'thorough review' of executive actions on drug prices MORE — and for director of the Office of Management and Budget — CEO of Center for American Progress Neera TandenNeera TandenMurkowski never told White House she would oppose Tanden On The Money: Tanden withdraws nomination as Biden budget chief | Relief bill tests narrow Democratic majority | Senate confirms Biden's picks for Commerce, top WH economist Tanden withdraws nomination as Biden budget chief MORE — have received pushback from Republicans.

Biden’s nominee to lead the Pentagon — retired Gen. Lloyd AustinLloyd AustinPentagon chief calls on military to reaffirm values, ethical conduct Overnight Defense: Tim Kaine moves to claw back war powers authority | Study on sexual harassment and assault in the military Commissioners tasked with scrubbing Confederate base names sworn-in at first meeting MORE — has received bipartisan criticism as a recently retired military officer, which means he will require approval from Congress to have the position less than seven years since retiring from the military in addition to the standard Senate confirmation.

"Amid the crises facing the country, President-Elect Biden is building a team of qualified and competent leaders to get things back on track and advance his bold agenda to build back better," Biden transition spokesman Sean Savett said in a statement to The Hill on Thursday.

"Each of these nominees are forward-thinking, crisis-tested and experienced, and they are ready to quickly use the levers of government to make meaningful differences in the lives of Americans and help govern on day one," Savett added.

--Updated at 1:42 p.m.