Maxine Waters Under Fire From ‘The Squad’ For Being Too Moderate
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Is it possible that powerhouse politician Maxine Waters has now become too conservative for the members of the so called "squad?"
This may be the case, according to a report by Politico on Monday.
Apparently Waters and others on the House Financial Services Committee have been causing quite the headache for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others who "openly lamented the committee’s leanings toward more moderate, business-friendly Democrats who dominate its ranks."
Are we talking about the same Maxine Waters?
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other members of the Squad of progressive congresswomen, as well as Katie Porter, who flipped a Republican-held seat in Orange County, California last year, have openly expressed dissatisfaction with Waters for what they consider her steering the committee to appease moderate, business-friendly Democrats who dominate the panel.
This, despite Waters refocusing the committe’s agenda, since Democrats took over the chairmanship following last year’s midterms, on protecting consumers and expanding opportunities for minorities, as well as summoning powerful Wall Street executives to testify at hearings so that they can be confronted.
But even though they share many positions with Waters, this has not been enough for some of the progressives. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told Politico that she is upset there has been a tendency to give priority to “conservative seat needs” out of protection for swing-state members.
This isn't the first time that newly elected members of the "squad" have stirred up strife within their own party as they work towards their progressive agenda.
Maxine Waters has been engaged in public service since 1991 and is currently 81 years old- a stark difference between herself and her younger challengers, many of whom don't yet possess even half of the life experience of Waters.
It's not hard to see why she would be so frustrating to the squad, given what was previously reported about her ability to see the "whole picture."
“There are many, many things that Maxine and I are completely, diametrically the opposite on,” said Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), who is in the running to be the committee’s Republican leader. “But I have dealt with her enough on issues to understand she can see the whole picture. It is possible to negotiate with her and she’ll keep her word. That’s an important thing in Congress. Not everybody does that anymore.”
It’s a side of Waters that has been far overshadowed by her role as a leader of the anti-Trump resistance.
“People underestimate Ms. Waters,” said Jamie Gregory, vice president of legislative affairs at the National Association of Realtors. “People forget that she's also a legislator.”
To be sure, Waters led the charge against Republican-led efforts this year to roll back post-crisis banking rules, and she has called the GOP’s signature tax reform bill a scam.
But her track record on other key issues — as well as pressure she will face from more business-friendly Democrats in what could be a narrowly divided House — has left some lobbyists and Republicans cautiously optimistic about the prospects for getting things done even if the liberal firebrand uses the chair as a platform to attack Trump.
Do you think that this will cause Waters to lose political points with the progressives, or do you think she will succeed in appeasing them?
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