On Thursday, Ms Ocasio-Cortez, 31, who’s a part of a gaggle of progressive Democratic congresswomen, identified as the “squad”, advised reporters that Mr Biden’s cabinet wants “a more cohesive vision,” in response to The Hill.
The president-elect has vowed to have the “most diverse Cabinet” ever within the US, and over the previous few weeks he has picked a number of officers who would make historical past if confirmed by the Senate.
Alejandro Mayorkas can be the primary immigrant and Latino individual to be the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, whereas Neera Tanden can be the primary lady of color to be the director of the US Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
Xavier Becerra as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, and Janet Yellen as treasury secretary, would even be the primary Latino individual and lady respectively to run their departments.
Many of the appointments served underneath the Obama administration, when Mr Biden was vice-president, whereas widespread progressive politicians, such as Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren and Vermont senator Bernie Sanders look unlikely to be nominated for a task.
Ms Ocasio-Cortez mentioned on Thursday that she is struggling to know “the overall message” from the president-elect with “this entire Cabinet put together.”
“You have an individual appointment here, an individual appointment there,” Ms Ocasio-Cortez mentioned on Wednesday.
“We can wrestle about whether they are bold enough or ambitious enough, especially given the uncertainty and what kind of Senate we’re going to have,” she continued.
“But aside from that, I think one of the things I’m looking for, when I see all of these picks put together is: What is the agenda? What is this overall vision going to be? And to me, I think that’s a little hazy,” the 31-year-old added.
Ms Ocasio-Cortez requested reporters: “What is the mandate here?” and added: “I just think that’s something that we’re looking to see is — it’s something that I hope will be pushed.”
A majority of the president-elect’s nominees for his cabinet have to be accredited by the Senate, and he’s already going through criticism from each Republicans and Democrats, together with Ms Warren, for his choose of normal Lloyd Austin for defence secretary.
Under US legislation, the defence secretary has to have been retired from navy service for at the least seven years earlier than they will take the job, however Mr Austin solely left the Army in 2016.
This implies that he might want to first be accredited by Congress, earlier than his nomination can then be put earlier than the Senate. If accredited, he can be the primary Black US defence secretary.
The Independent has contacted the Biden transition crew for remark.