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    Ayanna Pressley named to House Oversight Committee

    BOSTON, MA - January 21, 2019: Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley addresses the crowd during the 49th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston, MA on January 21, 2019. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff) section: Metro reporter:
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    Representative Ayanna Pressley in Boston this weekend.

    Massachusetts Representative Ayanna Pressley received her second committee appointment on Tuesday, just one week after her appointment to the House Financial Services Committee.

    The Committee on Oversight and Reform, which serves as the main investigative committee in the House of Representatives, released its full list of Democratic members Tuesday evening.

    Ahead of the announcement, Pressley sent a tweet in apparent celebration of being named to the committee.


    Pressley’s office also sent the following statement Wednesday afternoon:

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    “I am grateful to be named to two committees where I can further the work of advocating for those left out and left behind. Our country is at a crossroads and it is our responsibility to restore people’s relationship with government, which requires greater transparency and far stronger oversight. On the Financial Services Committee, with the leadership of Chairwoman Waters, I will work to actualize a more just financial marketplace that protects consumers and tackles the untenable housing crisis. Together with Chairman Cummings and my Democratic colleagues on the Oversight Committee, I will work to hold this administration accountable for its decision to put corporations, special interests, and even foreign powers ahead of the interests of the American people. My commitment remains to resisting the cruel policies and willful lies of this administration, while also making real progress on issues of consequence for the people of the 7th District. My new committee assignments put me in a strong position to deliver on that commitment, and I’m honored to serve with Chair Waters and Chair Cummings, who are both progressive stalwarts and bold champions.”

    Fellow first-time Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan — members of Pressley’s so-called Congressional #Squad — were also appointed to the committee by chair Elijah Cummings of Maryland. On the panel they join, among others, is Representative Stephen Lynch of Massachusetts’s Eighth District. Lynch has been on the Oversight Committee since he entered Congress in 2001.

    Abbi Matheson can be reached at abbi.matheson@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AbbiMatheson