The New York representative sought a committee assignment that would allow her to take on big finance, according to a Politico report.
The assignment, which lawmakers say they expect her to receive, might pit the 29-year-old politician not only against banks — a major local industry in her state, but also potentially against business-friendly Democrats who have backed financial deregulation.
"I think with our district, we can be ambitious, so we're kind of swinging for the fences on committees," Ocasio-Cortez told Hill.tv in an interview after her win over Democrat Joe Crowley during the November midterm elections.
Some moderate Democrats have privately raised concerns that they’ll be targeted by their ally, who has brought attention to herself in recent months.
“I don’t know enough about her to be able to determine if she’s going to be a good member or what,” said Rep. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.), a senior Financial Services Committee lawmaker “Time will tell, and this one term will tell us a lot about her abilities as a legislator.”
Since her election, Ocasio-Cortez has made a number of controversial statements which have provoked strong responses, including accusing the former White House Chief of Staff and retired Marine Corps General John F. Kelly of “cowardice.”