Right Out Of The Gate: Meadows, AOC Spar At First Oversight Cmte. Meeting

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 29: From left, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., Mark Meadows, R-N.C., talk during a House Oversight and Reform Committee business meeting in Rayburn Building on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 29: From left, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., and Mark Meadows, R-N.C., talk during a House Oversight and Reform Committee business meeting in Rayburn Buildi... UNITED STATES - JANUARY 29: From left, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., and Mark Meadows, R-N.C., talk during a House Oversight and Reform Committee business meeting in Rayburn Building on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) MORE LESS
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January 30, 2019 1:31 p.m.

Ideological opposites Reps. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) exchanged pleasantries at the first meeting of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Tuesday before quickly getting into a heated back and forth through chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD).

According to a Tuesday Bloomberg report, Meadows and the Republicans were asking that five days rather than three be allotted for lawmakers to get back to D.C. to attend the questioning of witnesses by Democratic staff lawyers.

Ocasio-Cortez shot back: “I don’t believe we need five days,” she said, adding that lawmakers should already be in D.C. doing their jobs.

Meadows retorted by addressing Cummings. “Mr. Chairman, I can tell you on all of this at this particular point, we’re all wanting to cooperate. Sometimes our schedules, you know, we’re not just sitting around eating bonbons, waiting for the call of anybody.”

Ocasio-Cortez asked Cummings if five days were allotted back when Republicans controlled the committee. Cummings responded no.

“Okay, thank you,” Ocasio-Cortez replied.

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