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democratic New York Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Caroline Maloney missed at least part of the House Financial Services Committee’s markup of a $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package to attend the 2021 Met Gala Monday evening in New York City.

The markup began at 7:51 p.m. EDT and lasted until 7:51 p.m., but Maloney posted a photo of herself wearing the gown that read, “Equal rights for women,” at 5:53 p.m. previously shared a photo of Ocasio- Cortez wearing a gown with the words “tax the rich” at the event at 7:43 p.m.


Both congressional women serve on the House Financial Services Committee and neither congressman responded to inquiries from Granthshala Business.

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Most of the committee members appeared virtually during the “hybrid” markup session, but neither Ocasio-Cortex nor Maloney appeared to speak during the entire session. eight hour meeting.

A House GOP source told Granthshala Business that Tuesday morning lawmakers and congressional aides were discussing the hypocrisy of two women photographed at a New York City elite event, saying they were “getting away from work” by not wearing masks. Missed and were taking advantage of the COVID protocol” to Parv.

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The source also called for an end to virtual congressional activity, which became permissible during the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing lawmakers to attend meetings on Capitol Hill in an effort to stem the spread of the virus.

The $3.5 trillion measure includes federally funded family vacations, expanding public education, establishing community colleges and combating climate change. It will be paid for by a bevy of tax increases on wealthy Americans and corporations, though lawmakers are still hashing out the specifics.

A self-described Democratic socialist, Ocasio-Cortez is one of the most prominent progressive voices in support of President Biden’s $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package.

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She has repeatedly called on the wealthiest Americans to pay for progressive policy initiatives, such as expanded access to climate-friendly infrastructure and free health care.

Ocasio-Cortez faced criticism for her dress design at the Met Gala, where individual tickets to the event cost guests $35,000, and tables started at $200,000, According to New York Post.

Ocasio-Cortez said in an Instagram post Monday that her sustainable dress was created by Aurora James, a “black female immigrant designer” and that “NYC’s elected officials are regularly invited to and in our city.” We participate in the season because of our responsibilities under the cultural supervision of organizations that serve the public.”

Granthshala News’ Megan Heaney and Edmund DeMarche contributed to this report.