“At first glance, progressives got mostly rolled.”
That was how journalist David Dayen reacted on Wednesday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) announcement of appointees to three of the most powerful congressional committees, which progressives have targeted as essential for advancing ambitious policy priorities like Medicare for All and a Green New Deal.
“No one here I think would be described as a progressive firebrand.”
—Mike DeBonis, Washington Post
Critics immediately pointed out that the bold progressives advocacy groups have been pressuring Pelosi to pick for seats on the Ways and Means and Appropriations committees—such as Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ro Khanna (Calif.), and Pramila Jayapal (Wash.)—were entirely absent from the House Speaker’s list of assignments.
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“No one here I think would be described as a progressive firebrand,” the Washington Post‘s Mike DeBonis wrote of the committee appointments.
Among the number of progressive snubs was Pelosi’s choice of Wall Street-friendly Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-N.Y.)—a self-described fiscal conservative—over Ocasio-Cortez for a spot on the Ways and Means Committee, the House tax-writing body that has the power to shape—or completely stonewall—Medicare for All and other bold legislation.
“So frustrating,” Ady Barkan, a progressive activist who is dying of ALS, said in response to Pelosi’s assignment list.
Referring to the delivery by Markos Moulitsas, the establishment-friendly founder of the liberal Daily Kos, of thousands of roses to Pelosi’s office on Wednesday, one progressive strategist told the Huffington Post‘s Daniel Marans: “Progressives handed Nancy Pelosi 7,000 roses today in her office. She returned the favor by shutting them out of key committees that really [control] the money in her House.”
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