The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Ilhan Omar will be sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives at a time when Democrat newcomers like her are pushing for more influence in shaping the party’s agenda.
Since the midterm elections, the Congressional Progressive Caucus has negotiated with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for its members to have more committee chairmanships and spots on powerful panels. This is creating an opening for incoming freshmen like Omar, who was recently elected to a leadership role in the caucus.
“Top Democratic leaders have proactively sought conversations with Ilhan Omar and some other progressive stars to make sure that their views are firmly at the table,” said Adam Green, co-founder of a campaign committee which endorsed Omar. “I think it’s an acknowledgment that they have such a large voice and bully pulpit right now, and the ability to drive the national debate.”