The Youngest Woman To Ever Hold The Gavel In Congress Is AOC And It Just Seems Right
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez continues to make her mark in Washington. Aside from continuing to fight for the environment via her Green New Deal and introducing a 3-month paid parental leave policy, the New York native is working hard for Americans every day. She doesn’t take any of it for granted either; she understands the obstacles she endured to get where she is. This weekend she hit another historical moment and took time to reflect on what she has achieved so far.
Yesterday, for an hour, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez led the House making history as the youngest women to do so.
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez presided over the House for about an hour in routine rotation. Various members of the Democratic party take over for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi title role, and Rep. Ocasio-Cortez was grateful for her turn.
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez took this shining moment as an opportunity to thank the New Yorkers who voted her into office.
“Today I presided over the House floor for the first time,” she tweeted. “Every day here is a sacred privilege and responsibility entrusted to me by my community. I never forget that, and moments like these drive it home. Thank you to the people of NY14 + beyond. This House belongs to all of us.”
She may have stumbled a little during her delivery, but who could blame her? Standing up there can be quite intimidating.
According to Reuters, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez messed up a couple of times while asking some of the lawmakers up to speak.
“For what purpose does the gentleman from Ohio—um, from Illinois, excuse me, seek recognition?” she said. But who doesn’t mess up while talking on stage?! She’s only human.
After her moment was over, she told reporters that she wishes she could have taken more pictures.
“That was my first time presiding,” she said. “And it’s exciting. It’s certainly a view. I wish we could, I wish we were allowed to take photos.”
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