Rep. Ocasio-Cortez calls out Schumer and Pelosi

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has called out House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), saying that the Democratic party is in dire need of new leadership ( Speaker Pelosi was recently reelected to her position and has previously held the position three nonconsecutive times. Sen. Schumer has held his position since 2017. Both were reelected without opposition.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez said, “I do think we need new leadership in the Democratic Party. I think one of the things that I have struggled with, I think that a lot of people struggle with, is the internal dynamics of the House has made it such that there [are] very little options for succession.” While Democrats maintained a majority in the House and have a chance to take the Senate, they still lost several House seats. There are high expectations for the party if they are able to start 2021 with majorities in the House and Senate and control of the White House. The last time Democrats held this position was during the first two years of the Obama administration. During that time they were able to pass the Affordable Healthcare Act.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez is not alone in her criticism. Several younger Democrats have complained that members of the old guard Democratic Party are too centrist, wanting instead for the party to take more progressive stances. The past few years leading figures such as Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) have tried to push the party further and further to the left, however many within leadership have tried to maintain a broader appeal in order to win national elections. Republicans have also criticized long tenured leadership. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has tried to establish term limits for Congressional members, especially with several members now serving over two decades. Should changes be made to leadership and tenure or is experience important to meaningful legislation?

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