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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.

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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.

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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.

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“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.”

Don’t worry, we got your back. Here’s the entire clip and you can take as many screenshots as you like.

How do you think she did leading the House? Let us know in the comment section below!

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AOC Teams Up With NYC Mayor And Assembly Member To Get The Vacunabus To Those Who Need It

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AOC Teams Up With NYC Mayor And Assembly Member To Get The Vacunabus To Those Who Need It

The Covid vaccine has proven to be the most important tool in getting life back to normal. Yet, access to the vaccine is not the same for everyone across the board. Some community don’t have the same access as others and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is changing that in New York City.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is part of the team that has created the Vacunabus in NYC.

The Vacunabus is exactly what you think it is. The mobile vaccination center is going into hard-to-reach communities to create a more equitable distribution of the life-saving vaccine. Right now, the bus is focusing on a specific group of people that need the vaccine: food service workers and undocumented immigrants. After that, the bus will focus on the homeless community in an attempt to vaccinate as many people as possible.

“There’s 500,000 New Yorkers who work in restaurants and we want to find all of them who want to be vaccinated and make it easier for them,” Sean Feeney, co-founder of Relief Opportunities for All Restaurants — or ROAR, told CBS NewYork.

The mobile vaccine centers are an expansion of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first vaccination bus.

As American yearn for their lives to get back to normal, it is imperative that the vaccine rollout include as many people as possible. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently relaxed mask restrictions for all fully vaccinated people. If you are fully vaccinated, you can now participate in indoor and outdoor activities in groups with no masks and no physical distancing. It is a sign that that vaccine is the only way for life to get back to normal. It is welcomed news after more than a year of physical distancing and mask-wearing.

“We have all longed for this moment,” Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said at a news conference Thursday. “If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.”

It’s been a long quarantine but as the vaccine continues to roll out, we can all start to breathe a cautious sigh of relief. We are almost there.

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At Least 17 Dead And Hundreds Injured Following Massive Protests Across Colombia

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At Least 17 Dead And Hundreds Injured Following Massive Protests Across Colombia

A massive protest movement that swept across Colombia seems to have paid off – at least in the short term – as President Ivan Duque says that he will withdrawal the controversial tax plan that sent angry protesters into the streets. However, the protests claimed at least 17 victims who died during the unrest and hundreds more were injured.

Now that the president has withdrawn the controverial bill, many are wondering what’s next and will they have to take to the streets once again.

Massive protests claimed the lives of at least 17 people and hundreds more were injured across Colombia.

Unions and other groups kicked off marches on Wednesday to demand the government of President Ivan Duque withdraw a controversial tax plan that they say unfairly targets the most vulnerable Colombians.

Isolated vandalism, clashes between police and protesters and road blockades occurred in several cities on Saturday, and riot police were deployed in the capital.

Rights organization Human Rights Watch said it had received reports of possible police abuse in Cali, and local human rights groups alleged up to 17 deaths occurred.

After a week of protests, the government has shelved the controversial plan.

Faced with the unrest, the government of President Ivan Duque on Sunday ordered the proposal be withdrawn from Congress where it was being debated. In a televised statement, he said his government would work to produce new proposals and seek consensus with other parties and organizations.

President Duque, in his statement, acknowledged “it is a moment for the protection of the most vulnerable, an invitation to build and not to hate and destroy”.

“It is a moment for all of us to work together without paltriness,” he added. “A path of consensus, of clear perceptions. And it gives us the opportunity to say clearly that there will be no increase in VAT for goods and services.”

The tax reform had been heavily criticized for punishing the middle classes at a time of economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. The government introduced the bill on April 15 as a means of financing public spending. The aim was to generate $6.3 billion between 2022 and 2031 to reignite the fourth largest economy in Latin America.

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