House Progressive Caucus leader: Pelosi comments about AOC, others weren't helpful

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says Nancy Pelosi is 'singling out' members of Congress; reaction and analysis on 'The Five.'

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., the co-chair of the House Progressive Caucus, suggested Friday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., hurt the progressive cause when she downplayed the influence of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and other freshman lawmakers.

Pelosi - New - York - Times - Week

Pelosi told The New York Times last week that Ocasio-Cortez and Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., "have their public whatever and their Twitter world, but they didn’t have any following. They’re four people, and that’s how many votes they got.”

“I don’t think those comments were helpful to a broader picture of how we build progressive power in the House and what it looks like relative to overall Democratic power,” Jayapal said, according to HuffPost.

Jayapal - Remarks - Netroots - Nation - Gathering

Jayapal made the remarks while appearing at Netroots Nation, an annual gathering that features panels and training for activists. The Wall Street Journal reported that Pelosi's name was booed when mentioned during the panel discussion that included Jayapal. But in spite of her knock on Pelosi, Jayapal also reportedly defended the Speaker as a "master strategist" even as some took issue with her decision to marshal a GOP-backed border funding package through the House.

That legislation appears to be at the root of the feud as Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Tlaib and Pressley -- a group known as the "squad" -- all voted against the measure despite being vastly outnumbered by members of their own caucus.

Sen - Jeff - Merkley - D-Ore - Friday

Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore. was among those on Friday's panel who pushed back on Pelosi's decision to take up border funding from his chamber. The House "failed" "to carry its weight to restore the values of America," Merkely reportedly said.

Many Democrats in the Senate had approved the GOP-backed border funding bill under the assumption that Pelosi would...
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