Useless: AOC is One of the Most Ineffective Members of Congress, Says Nonpartisan Survey

Sergie Daez | April 6, 2021
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Everybody has heard of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) - better known as "AOC" - mostly because of her frequent use of Twitter. She is notorious for spewing content that is idiotically funny to downright malevolent. But perhaps she tweets such outrageous posts to make up for her considerable lack of talent as a legislator, because as it turns out, she’s not very good at it.

According to Fox News, Ocasio-Cortez is one of the most ineffective members of the last congress. A legislative scorecard compiled by the Center for Effective Lawmaking, a non-partisan group run by Vanderbilt University and the University of Virginia, revealed that not only have all of her twenty-one bills failed to become laws, but that out of 240 Democrat House Reps, Ocasio-Cortez only placed 230th in terms of legislative effectiveness.

Alan Wiseman, a Vanderbilt political scientist and co-director of the center, told the New York Post that Ocasio-Cortez worked hard, but never got any results.

“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," Wiseman said.

Perhaps one of the reasons Ocasio-Cortez's bills never progressed was because of her personality. A Democrat party "insider" recalled that Ocasio-Cortez wasn’t the friendliest of reps.

"Tweeting is easy, governing is hard. You need to have friends. You need to understand the committee process, you need to be willing to make sacrifices," the member said, according to the Post. "Her first day in Congress … she decided to protest outside of Nancy Pelosi’s office."

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Another Democrat party "insider" asserted that Ocasio-Cortez wasn’t interested in passing laws in the first place, claiming that "legislation was never her focus. It was media and narrative."

Well, that explains why junior reps are more adept at legislation. Wiseman pointed out to the Post that newer members of Congress were more productive than Ocasio-Cortez. “...she wasn’t as successful as some other members were — even among [other] freshmen — at getting people to pay attention to her legislation."

The survey also proved that Ocasio-Cortez is useless to her state, as she was ranked the least effective out of all the Democrat House reps from New York. 

And not only is Ocasio-Cortez the least talented rep from New York, she’s the least talented congresswoman among her progressive sisters in "the Squad." Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) all placed higher up on the list than Ocasio-Cortez.  

In short, Ocasio-Cortez is all bark on Twitter and no bite in the House. Actions speak louder than words, and her record in Congress leaves very little to suggest that she’s actually fit for the job.