'We Can't Enact Our Agenda Without Seats at the Table': Tens of Thousands Sign Petition Demanding Powerful Ways and Means Committee Seat for Ocasio-Cortez

Recognizing that a bold agenda cannot advance if corporate Democrats have a stranglehold on the committees that determine whether legislation move forward or collapse, a coalition of progressive groups representing millions of Americans has launched a pressure campaign urging House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to appoint Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) to a seat on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.

“Democrats must not be allowed to give Wall Street and Big Pharma veto power over what comes out of the powerful Ways and Means Committee.”
—Progressive Coalition

“It’s time for party leaders’ actions to match campaign rhetoric. This means a Green New Deal, Medicare for All, expanding Social Security, lowering prescription drug prices, and the rest of the progressive agenda. But we can’t enact our agenda without seats at the table,” declares a new petition sponsored by Social Security Works, Progressive Democrats of America, and nearly a dozen other organizations.

“For too long,” the petition continues, “the Ways and Means Committee has been where progressive legislation goes to die. In order to meet this progressive moment, we demand the appointment of Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) to the Ways and Means Committee.”

As of this writing, the petition has over 44,000 signatures.