House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced appointments for several powerful committees on Thursday, most notably the selection of Kathleen Rice on fellow New Yorker Rep.
Politico reported that New York lawmen were jocking for a seat on the panel, and lobbying colleagues, according to several media reports.
The committee oversees a wide range of issues including consumer protection, food and drug safety, public health, health care policy and climate issues.
Politico reported that a controversial private meeting took place on Thursday in the steering and policy committee, where there was a secret vote to vote the two candidates. The news outlet said the vote was 46–13.
Ocasio-Cortez, a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and rising star in the party, has been vocal on a number of issues that the committee will deal with. She is currently a member of the powerful House Committee on Oversight and Reform. He co-chaired the panel advising President-Elect Joe Biden on climate policy during his campaign.
Rice is a more liberal member of the party, a former district attorney who represents parts of Long Island. She currently serves on the House Committee on Homeland Security. Rice’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Pelosi praised the appointments in a statement.
“House Democrats are united in our mission to build back-to-back, and with these strong voices on the table, we will fulfill that sacred promise to make a real difference to all Americans.”