Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., ignored former House Speaker Paul Ryan's advice to "take it easy, just watch things for a while," the Wisconsin Republican said Tuesday at an annual dinner in his hometown of Janesville, per The Hill.
"I talked to her, AOC — everybody calls her AOC . . . She's the youngest person now there – I gave her just a few little tips on just being a good member of Congress, new," Ryan said. "I don't think she really listened to a thing I said.
"Take it easy, just watch things for a while, don't ruffle any — see how it works first," he added of the advice he gave her.
Ryan, now a contributor for Fox News, was the second-youngest member of the House when he was elected in 1998. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, 29, became the youngest woman ever to serve in Congress when she beat Republican opponent Anthony Pappas for a House seat in the November 2018 election.
Ocasio-Cortez has cosponsored 148 bills in the 116th Congress and has sponsored just one, the Green New Deal, which gained plenty of traction before failing in the Senate.
Her proposal calls for a significant overhaul of our economic system that would drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and pollution. It was blocked in the Senate last week after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., brought it up for a vote.
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