Teen Vogue: Representative Pramila Jayapal Pushes Back Against Represenative Darrell Issa for Calling Her Naive
By Araceli Cruz
After a tense exchange between Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) in the House Judiciary committee on Oct. 25 regarding America's immigrant work force, Rep. Jayapal took her frustration to Twitter.
Rep. Jayapal and Rep. Issa had a public disagreement over a H.R. 4092, a labor bill, which she says would "create a vast exploitable labor force of guestworkers." When Rep. Issa began to address Rep. Jayapal, he did so in a way that she found to be condescending . He said that he found the amendment, which she introduced, to be frightening and chalked it up to her "naiveté" because she's a new member of Congress.
She rebutted by saying, "If that is naive, as my distinguished colleague from California suggests, then perhaps we should all go back to being naïve and actually fight for our constituents and fight for the rights that make this country great."
Rep. Jayapal posted a video of the rift and proceeded to call out Rep. Issa for his decision to "mansplain," followed by a thread about the actual matter at hand.
Rep. Jayapal said that the amendment to the bill would actually help American workers and protect immigrant workers as well. "H.R. 4092 does a tremendous disservice to the American workforce and industry by creating a new substandard, sub-paid 'guest' workforce," Jayapal tweeted. "Workers in forestry and logging and canning and meatpacking, from Wisconsin to Georgia to Alaska to Louisiana, would all be vulnerable."
"Even Breitbart is opposed," she said.
This is not the first time Rep. Jayapal has been disrespected by a male colleague in Washington. On Sept. 7, Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) said on the House Floor about Rep. Jayapal: "You know I rarely do this, but I’m deeply disappointed in my good lady from Washington, doesn’t know a damn thing what she’s talking about."