Rice selected over Ocasio-Cortez for spot on Energy & Commerce panel
House Democrats on Thursday voted to place Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.) on the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee in the next Congress, selecting her over Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).
Both lawmakers have at times been at odds with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), with Pelosi previously blocking Rice from getting a position on the Judiciary Committee after the New York lawmaker opted not to support Pelosi for Speaker in 2019 and played a role in an attempt to oust Pelosi from her leadership role two years ago.
The Energy and Commerce Committee oversees a broad number of policy areas ranging from health care to energy, having played a critical role in shaping policy during the coronavirus pandemic. It is currently chaired by Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.).
Rice currently sits on the House Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs committees.
Updated 7:58 p.m.