Nation Conversation: Why Cori Bush is Just Getting Started in Congress

Representative Cori Bush and Elie Mystal discuss Rep. Bush's agenda for 2022.

Feb 16, 2022

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Last summer, Rep. Cori Bush slept on the steps of the Capitol in order to convince the Biden administration to extend the federal eviction moratorium. The Missouri representative’s bold strategy worked. She got the White House to act, temporarily saving millions of Americans from the threat of losing shelter during a pandemic. More recently, she called on the House of Representatives to expel members of Congress who tried to overturn the will of the people by overthrowing the election.

Halfway through an extraordinary first term, and gearing up for reelection, Bush is one of the most recognizable and unapologetically progressive members of the House. Part of the “Squad,” she believes deeply that her own personal upbringing, unusual if not unique in Congress, makes her a better and more responsive representative.

Bush rose to prominence as a Black Lives Matter organizer in Ferguson, Missouri, where the movement started in the wake of Michael Brown’s killing by a white police officer. The daughter of a local alderman, Bush said it wasn’t until the protests that she considered running for public office.

In 2020, Bush became the first Black woman to represent the state of Missouri when she was elected to Congress after two unsuccessful campaigns–first for Senate in 2016 and again in 2018 for Congress. She was sworn in three days before the Capitol was attacked by a pro-Trump mob.

Rep. Bush will be talking about her agenda for 2022 and taking questions. Join the conversation with Bush, the Congressional representative from Missouri’s first district and Elie Mystal, The Nation’s Justice Correspondent.

There will be ample time devoted to audience questions and conversation. All proceeds directly support The Nation’s journalism. We hope you will join us! If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected].


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