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Freshman Congresswoman Sets C-SPAN Record

Jan 18, 2019  •  Post A Comment

A freshman congresswoman made history this week after giving her first speech on the floor of the House of Representatives.

The four-minute speech by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., became the most-viewed clip of a House lawmaker’s comments posted to Twitter by C-SPAN, according to Howard Mortman, the communication director for C-SPAN.

Mortman said the speech by Ocasio-Cortez had 1.12 million views in a little more than 12 hours, receiving 12,000 retweets and more than 40,000 likes by Thursday night.

“Ocasio-Cortez, 29, addressed her colleagues on Capitol Hill for nearly four minutes, talking about one of her constituents in the Bronx — an air traffic controller who recently missed his first paycheck due to the partial government shutdown,” Fox News reports, adding: “Ocasio-Cortez, who was sworn into Congress on Jan. 3, said on Thursday that the current shutdown ‘is actually not about a wall, it is not about the border, and it is certainly not about the well-being of everyday Americans.'”

The report notes: “The record for most views for the Senate involved Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., questioning then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in October, Mortman added. That video received 7.14 million views.”

C-SPAN also quoted part of the speech in its tweet, which you can see below …

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