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Fri Jan 11, 2019, 12:37 AM

Tom Suozzi wins seat on House Ways and Means Committee

Source: Newsday

Updated January 10, 2019 7:38 PM By Tom Brune

WASHINGTON — Rep. Tom Suozzi, the second-term Democrat from Glen Cove, won a coveted seat on the influential House Ways and Means Committee, Democratic leadership said late Wednesday as it passed over Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of the Bronx.

The pro-business centrist Suozzi will fill the vacancy left by former Rep. Joseph Crowley of Queens despite a campaign behind left-leaning Ocasio-Cortez, who sought the post after ousting Crowley in a primary last year and then winning in November.

The appointment puts Suozzi on a powerful committee that will be central to the Democratic agenda that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has unveiled: taxes, trade and health care, as well as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Suozzi expressed gratitude to the leadership for selecting him and in a statement vowed “to fight for the national issues voters and American families are concerned about — increasing wages, improving retirement security and reducing healthcare and prescription drug costs.”

Read more: https://www.newsday.com/amp/news/nation/suozzi-ways-and-means-1.25786157

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Reply Tom Suozzi wins seat on House Ways and Means Committee (Original post)
George II Jan 11 OP
cstanleytech Jan 11 #1
Apollyonus Jan 11 #2
NurseJackie Jan 11 #12
JackRiddler Jan 11 #3
Hortensis Jan 11 #9
hlthe2b Jan 11 #13
George II Jan 11 #14
JackRiddler Jan 11 #15
Hortensis Jan 11 #21
JackRiddler Jan 11 #22
Hortensis Jan 11 #24
ehrnst Jan 11 #27
Cha Jan 11 #29
ehrnst Jan 12 #33
ehrnst Jan 13 #34
TexasTowelie Jan 12 #32
ehrnst Jan 11 #11
JackRiddler Jan 11 #23
ehrnst Jan 11 #25
joshcryer Jan 11 #16
JackRiddler Jan 11 #18
joshcryer Jan 11 #20
ehrnst Jan 11 #26
Cha Jan 11 #4
SunSeeker Jan 11 #5
Gothmog Jan 11 #6
lapucelle Jan 11 #7
joshcryer Jan 11 #17
Cha Jan 11 #31
brer cat Jan 11 #8
ananda Jan 11 #10
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George II Jan 11 #28
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Response to George II (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 12:50 AM

1. Not really surprised as important slots are almost never given to freshmen

in the House by either party until they have proven themselves in office after a few years.
Assuming she remains in office though and and is not beaten I expect Ocasio-Cortez to eventually be put into such a spot.

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Response to George II (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 01:09 AM

2. It was as expected

Freshmen with no experience and no track record should not be taking on such responsibility.

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Response to Apollyonus (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 07:46 AM

12. Yes. He or she needs to learn the job and prove themselves.

Freshmen with no experience and no track record should not be taking on such responsibility.
Yes. He or she needs to learn the job and prove themselves. No matter how "popular" he or she may be. One's "celebrity" status is not the standard by which these positions of responsibility should be assigned.

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Response to George II (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 01:15 AM

3. This is about politics, not "experience."

 

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Response to JackRiddler (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 07:23 AM

9. ONE of the proven, highly experienced candidates was put in charge.

Seriously, don't you think this profoundly irresponsible attempt to put a brand-new plumbing trainee in a master carpenter position reeks of "politics" in the bad-word meaning you used, not the good meaning of what politics can and always should be?

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Response to Hortensis (Reply #9)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 08:01 AM

13. You'd think some would advocate the Med Student do their brain surgery over the neurosurgeon,

given the adamant advocacy for "youth & enthusiasm" over experience and track record on the most critically important committees in Congress. To see this level of tunnel vision sycophancy for any Dem politico is depressing to me.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #13)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 09:02 AM

14. Bazinga!

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Response to Hortensis (Reply #9)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 02:19 PM

15. Politics is neither plumbing nor brain surgery!

 

It is about policy and direction. There is no prior right way to do things, that is established through decisions. A bad policy, executed with competence and according to business as usual, is still a bad policy. This country is still involved in nine wars and dozens of informal interventions abroad, still producing record economic injustice and inequality at home, still heading along with the rest of the world for the ecological cliff. AOC and the movement that put her where she is offer ideas that actually address the problems. The "plumbers and carpenters" and "brain surgeons" responsible for the politics of the past are not changing the direction.

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Response to JackRiddler (Reply #15)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:03 PM

21. Of course there are prior right ways to do things.

The biggest differences between running a nation and plumbing a building or operating on a brain are that the first is infinitely more complex than the others and affect millions times more people.

Here's a reformer newly elected to congress who already knows a lot, Elizabeth Warren's protegee, Katie Porter. She brings a long history of financial services expertise to the Financial Services Committee that Ocasio will likely also serve on. Note that Porter has already helped write H.R. 1, even before she arrived in congress.

Ocasio has a number of huge learning curves ahead of her before she can perform at that level. It may be ridiculously basic, but I'm also hoping she will come to understand -- and respect -- the huge differences between the Democrats and most of the Republicans on the committee. With somewhere around 30 members, including probably some other noisy "Only We Can Do Its" like Ocasio, and chaired by Maxine Waters, it will be very lively, but let's hope not so lively that important reformed are impeded by dissension.




Orange County Register: Congresswoman-elect Katie Porter will take aim at campaign finance and voting rights; backs Pelosi for speaker

“I think until we pass campaign finance reform, doing anything on health care is going to be a big challenge,” said Porter, a UC Irvine law professor. ... Campaign finance has been a theme for Porter. ... Porter said she helped craft H.R.1, the first bill the new Democratic House of Representative will try to pass. The legislation is expected to require increased disclosure of outside money in elections, compel presidential candidates to make public their tax returns, and strengthen the Voting Rights Act, portions of which were struck down by a 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

The bill also seeks to undo the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which legalized unlimited campaign spending for corporations. Conservative groups have alleged in recent days that such a change would be unconstitutional.

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Response to Hortensis (Reply #21)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:11 PM

22. In plumbing, certainly.

 

In politics, there are also prior right ways to do things. For example, this is the prior right way to continue with ineffective business as usual.

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Response to JackRiddler (Reply #22)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:37 PM

24. Liz Warren as an "ineffective, business as usual" person?

Come on. Surely you read past the first sentence. How about Warren's Katie Porter? She's ready to go to work. Isn't she someone people who are genuinely committed to overthrowing massive Republican-lead corruption can be happy about? Even if she doesn't wear the approved label and consider all who don't hopelessly corrupt?

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Response to JackRiddler (Reply #22)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:56 PM

27. What exactly has been "ineffective business as usual" concerning Democrats?

Winning the house back despite voter suppression and election interference?

The ACA?

Planned Parenthood being funded?

Marriage equality?

Which offends you?

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Response to JackRiddler (Reply #22)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 07:21 PM

29. It isn't "business as usual" just because

the freshman didn't get on this committee.

It took Dems from all over our Nation to make the Blue Wave Happen.

Not just from one Blue District in New York.

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Response to JackRiddler (Reply #22)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 08:52 AM

33. Crickets....

Not surprised at all you don't have any answers.

Did someone get a job you wanted because they had more experience?

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Response to JackRiddler (Reply #22)

Sun Jan 13, 2019, 03:10 PM

34. More crickets....

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Response to JackRiddler (Reply #15)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 05:56 AM

32. Why does your opening statement

makes me think about Dr. Ben Carson?

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Response to JackRiddler (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 07:44 AM

11. Why do you say that? Are you saying that Pelosi refuses to select the best person for the job?

What 'politics" is being substituted for looking at experience?

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Response to ehrnst (Reply #11)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:11 PM

23. "Experience" at what?

 

It is not a neutral term.

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Response to JackRiddler (Reply #23)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:49 PM

25. Experience in a job or career isn't "neutral."

It's measurable.

Google 'resume" for more information.

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Response to JackRiddler (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 02:24 PM

16. This is always how it goes...

...freshmen are never given top seats in important committees.

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Response to joshcryer (Reply #16)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 02:30 PM

18. Sure, this is always "how it goes."

 

We need to keep doing all the same stuff forever until the whole shitshow ends up literally under the water. It's the natural order of the universe.

Seniority is one of the worst institutions, basically a club of the old punishing voters who dare to replace any esteemed club members. Committee assignments should be decided by lottery (off a list of preferences stated), chairs rotated always with each new Congress.

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Response to JackRiddler (Reply #18)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 02:36 PM

20. It really doesn't matter.

Suozzi will likely employee 80% of the previous staff. As would any kind of lottery system.

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Response to JackRiddler (Reply #18)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:51 PM

26. So experience is not worth much. Jared and Ivanka in the WH are your ideal then....

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I heard Trump supporters say constantly - we don't want a stinking polician doing the job.

Do older people scare you? Does Bernie - nearly 30 year career politician.

I suppose you would rather go to less experienced physician every time you need healthcare?

You want the least experienced person determining what is wrong with your car?

You want the least experienced person overseeing food safety at the market where you shop?

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Response to George II (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 01:19 AM

4. That makes sense for a more experienced

congressperson to get the job.

Thanks George!

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Response to George II (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 01:29 AM

5. Long time Rep. Gwen Moore, Wisconsin's first black representative, also got on.

As did Rep. Stephanie Murphy, the first Vietnamese-American woman in Congress, who was reelected to her second term in November.

AOC is a first termer, and choice committee posts tend not to go to first termers. But she has shown she doesn't need a committee to get her message out.

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Response to George II (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 01:53 AM

6. Good choice

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Response to George II (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 05:55 AM

7. All freshman need the opportunity to learn how to do their new jobs. There's a big difference

between campaigning and legislating.

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Response to lapucelle (Reply #7)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 02:27 PM

17. It's not just that, top staffers are going to be career individuals.

People who have worked in DC for a long time. New congresspeople will bring on their own staffers. It takes time for them to recognize the career staffers who know the ins and outs of things, who have been working in the same field for 20+ years. The initial feeling is probably "those are DC insiders," but after getting to know them it becomes "those guys really love their job and are good at it."

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Response to lapucelle (Reply #7)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 07:34 PM

31. And, Tweeting and Legislating..

Whoopi was right.

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Response to George II (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 07:16 AM

8. I like his priorities.

Good choice.

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Response to brer cat (Reply #8)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 07:36 AM

10. increasing wages, improving retirement security and reducing healthcare and prescription drug costs

Me too!

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Fri Jan 11, 2019, 06:47 PM

28. ZERO.

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Response to George II (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 07:33 PM

30. But Suozzi prevailed with the backing of the New York Democratic delegation to Congress, including

But Suozzi prevailed with the backing of the New York Democratic delegation to Congress, including Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn), who took Crowley’s place as House Democratic caucus leader, and the custom of rare first-term appointments to the panel.

“I’ve worked very hard for 25 years,” Suozzi added, noting he has been a CPA, a lawyer, Glen Cove mayor and Nassau County executive, giving him a broad background for the panel


On Ways and Means, Democratic leaders added longtime Rep. Gwen Moore, Wisconsin’s first black representative, and centrist second-term Rep. Stephanie Murphy of Florida, the first Vietnamese-American woman in Congress.

Ocasio-Cortez could not be reached for comment.

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