Conservatives like to criticize the House Representative for being an ineffective leader, but she's proven them wrong once again.
House Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has just completed her first term in Congress. Before she enters her second, she released on social media a two-minute-long video detailing all the things she has accomplished in two years. From drafting the Green New Deal to dealing with a nationwide pandemic, the "Squad" member has had a revolutionary first term on Capitol Hill. Since it was first posted online, the video has gained millions of views and has been shared widely across the internet. Though conservatives have often criticized her for being an ineffective leader, this video proves otherwise. Furthermore, it is only a small look at what is yet to come.
In the clip, Ocasio-Cortez explains she was inspired by other leaders around the world who have posted similar videos online. Some may remember New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's viral video following her own first term in Parliament. The House Representative explains, "Since I'm coming to the end of my first term in office, I thought we'd try to do the same." She then runs through the amazing work she has done over the past two years to help represent the interests of American citizens in need of affordable housing, those who are incarcerated, immigrants, and others in her district and across the United States overall.
She begins her long list of accomplishments with her amendment to the House Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act in 2019. This moved a whopping $5 million away from Drug Enforcement Agency funding to a bipartisan bill that addresses the opioid crisis through treatment rather than incarceration and drug enforcement. The Squad member also shared her work to repeal the Faircloth Amendment, which limits the construction of new public housing units. Ocasio-Cortez has in the past affirmed the need to repeal the law in order to tackle the country's growing housing crisis, and it is only fair for citizens to know the progress made on her promises.
Furthermore, the Congresswoman drafted the controversial Green New Deal with Democratic Senator Ed Markey. She was able to secure the support of 115 co-sponsors in both the Senate and the House. Ocasio-Cortez was also responsible for co-authoring the Just Society package, a measure to reform how the United States government measures poverty, making immigrants eligible for federal safety net programs, creating policies to help incarcerated people re-enter society once they have served their sentences, and offer other forms of support to struggling Americans.
The video did take two minutes longer, rounding up to four minutes in total. Overall, Representative Ocasio-Cortez has introduced more amendments to legislation than 90 percent of her freshman colleagues in the House in addition to cosponsoring 78 bills including 14 that were signed into law. There is no doubt that her work on Capitol Hill is bringing meaningful reform to her constituents in New York as well as citizens across the country. Before signing off, she thanks everyone for their support and wishes them happy holidays. "That's not everything we accomplished, but it's still a pretty good list," she states. "None of this would have been possible without you all—your support, small-donor donations, your organizing. These accomplishments are not mine, they are all of ours. And so, I thank you so very much. Happy holidays, and let's keep it going to the next year!"
Last January I was sworn in for my first term in Congress.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 11, 2020
So, what have we accomplished since then?
Let’s take 2(ish) minutes to review. pic.twitter.com/Q2Xgp48rTN