According to Newsweek, Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Sunday proposed getting rid of Columbus Day as a holiday and replacing it with a day off for Election Day.
Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Saturday night, “how is Columbus Day a holiday but Election Day not?”
Political editor David Martosko of The Daily Mail’s U.S quote tweeted Ocasio-Cortez on Sunday and wrote that she “hasn’t even started the job yet and she’s already angling for more vacation days.”
Ocasio-Cortez then quote tweeted Martosko and replied: “While I would disagree with your complaint that Americans get too much vacation time (we work some of the longest hours of any dev country & have no Fed required paid leave), I am willing to compromise by eliminating Columbus Day to give Election Day off. See? I can be pliant.”
While I would disagree with your complaint that Americans get too much vacation time (we work some of the longest hours of any dev country & have no Fed required paid leave),
I am willing to compromise by eliminating Columbus Day to give Election Day off.
See? I can be pliant. https://t.co/NITFcBSmxw
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) November 18, 2018
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, for whom Ocasio-Cortez was an organizer, when he pursued the Democratic primary for the 2016 presidential election, suggested that Election Day should be a national holiday.
After a turnout of only about 36 percent in the 2014 elections, according to the University of Florida’s United States Elections Project, Sanders co-sponsored a bill to establish “Democracy Day” to make it easier for Americans to vote.
“Election Day should be a national holiday so that everyone has the time and opportunity to vote. While this would not be a cure-all, it would indicate a national commitment to create a more vibrant democracy,” Sanders wrote on his website. “We should not be satisfied with a ‘democracy” in which more than 60 percent of our people don’t vote and some 80 percent of young people and low-income Americans fail to vote.”
Whether Ocasio-Cortez was serious or not, one thing is for certain, she has made a significant name for herself very early in her political career.