Ocasio-Cortez suggests eliminating Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti. Credit Screenshot

The previous day, however she said, "The persistent singling out ... it got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful ... the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color".

Ocasio-Cortez and other progressives have previously called for the abolition of ICE, but her suggestion to dissolve the umbrella department that oversees numerous agencies - including the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Transportation Security Administration - would significantly alter the federal structure overseeing immigration enforcement, anti-terrorism and disaster management that was created after the September 11 attacks.

Ocasio-Cortez told Powell at the hearing that the theory "is no longer describing what is happening in today's economy", and Powell agreed.

Pelosi appeared to be trying to put the dispute behind her. The diversity of it is a wonderful thing. The aide added that the "alienation" of the freshmen progressives has been a pattern and said, "unless you are a woman of color in that situation I don't think you can judge".

He added that AOC's suggestion that Pelosi is racist was "inappropriate" and "unfair".

Leaving a private member meeting Thursday morning, Representative Gregory Meeks, Democrat of NY, said members were buzzing about both Chakrabarti's tweet and Ocasio-Cortez's remark.

'Maybe you didn't hear what I said.

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"When it comes to women of color in Congress, particularly the freshman, it's that we both have encountered and represent communities that have been auctioned off and negotiated off for the last 20 years".

For the most part, since Trump's election, it's always been the Democrats versus the Republicans, but now it's becoming a chaotic mess, and we're hoping - for the sake of unity - that it gets sorted out soon. "To try to compare this to what African-Americans went through?".

"I think so, I think so".

The New York congresswoman, a rising star in the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, asked the Fed boss about the Phillips Curve, a theory used as a guide by monetary policy makers for decades. Chakrabarti recently tweeted support for Jessica Cisneros, who is challenging Democratic Representative Henry Cuellar of Texas.

According to Democrats in the meeting, Pelosi also urged members against tweets admonishing fellow Democratic members of Congress. A spokesman for Ocasio-Cortez did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday on the criticism of Chakrabarti. I agree with the Speaker.

At a Wednesday evening meeting in Pelosi's office, Democratic Representative Derek Kilmer of Washington, chairman of the New Democratic Coalition, told Pelosi in stark terms that moderates were irate about Chakrabarti's tweet - specifically citing Representative Terri Sewell, Democrat of Alabama, a New Democrats cochair who is one of several moderate African-Americans representing a southern district.

Although Pelosi appeared intent on refocusing the party's attention on Thursday, Jayapal said Ocasio-Cortez's accusation that Pelosi works to "diminish progressive power" in the caucus struck a chord for her.

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