AOC Is One of 'the Least Effective Members of Congress, Study Reveals
Ocasio-Cortez's Congress performance leaves a lot to be desired
Despite Ocasio-Cortez's millions of followers and constant press attention, her performance in Congress leaves a lot to be desired.
AOC introduced a total of 21 bills that the center defined as "substantive," but it ends there.
According to the center, her legislation received no floor votes, no action in committees, and none have ever become law.
Alan Wiseman, a Vanderbilt political scientist and co-director of the center, told The New York Post:
"She introduced a lot of bills, but she was not successful at having them receive any sort of action in committee or beyond committee, and if they can’t get through committee, they cannot pass the House."
"It’s clear that she was trying to get her legislative agenda moving and engage with the lawmaking process," Wiseman added.
"But she wasn’t as successful as some other members were — even among [other] freshmen — at getting people to pay attention to her legislation."
AOC was ranked 230th out of 240 Democrats with the least legislative effectiveness.
Among the New York Democratic lawmakers, she ranked last.
The bills that came dead on arrival were;
- A federal overhaul of public housing
- A ban on fracking
- A mandate to provide full federal public benefits to illegal immigrants
Even Democratic House insiders say Ocasio-Cortez’s colleagues found her approach alienating.
"Tweeting is easy; governing is hard. You need to have friends," said one.
"You need to understand the committee process; you need to be willing to make sacrifices."
"Her first day in Congress … she decided to protest outside of Nancy Pelosi’s office."
A second Democratic insider said legislation was never her focus. It was media and narrative."
Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, R-N.Y., told The Post, "Her ludicrous policy ideas would destroy our country — Americans should be thankful she’s not effective."
Fox News Reported:
Fellow Democratic socialist "Squad" members fared better than AOC. Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar sponsored 33 bills that also went nowhere, earning her 214th place. At the same time, Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib saw three of her substantive bills advance into a committee — with one ultimately becoming law. She ranked 92nd.
Things weren’t much better over in the Senate, where New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand clocked in at 39 of 45 — with none of the substantive bills she proposed becoming law.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer landed at 33 — though Wiseman stressed that politicians in leadership positions often fared poorly, as their jobs required them to assist other members with their initiatives.
It wasn’t all doom and gloom for the Empire State — which benefited from a large bench of lefty warhorses with clout in the chamber.
Westchester Rep. Nita Lowey, who retired last year after a 32-year career in Congress, was declared the House’s most successful Democrat in her final term, a ranking she snagged largely due to her job chair of the powerful Appropriations Committee.
Of the 29 major bills she introduced, seven ultimately became law. Ranking just behind her as the chamber’s third most-effective Democrat was Manhattan’s, Carolyn Maloney.
Among Republicans, Syracuse’s John Katko was a major standout, with six of his substantive bills passing the House (none became law) despite his party being in the minority. He was the highest-rated New York Republican and ranked third overall among his colleagues.
Tom Reed, a Republican from Corning, scored the lowest of state GOP lawmakers who completed a full term but still placed a respectable 45th out of 205, with 11 substantive bills sponsored and one becoming law.