\u0022At first glance, progressives got mostly rolled.\u0022That was how journalist David Dayen reacted on Wednesday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi\u0026#039;s (D-Calif.) announcement of appointees to three of the most powerful congressional committees, which progressives have targeted as essential for advancing ambitious policy priorities like Medicare for All and a Green New Deal.\u0022No one here I think would be described as a progressive firebrand.\u0022 —Mike DeBonis, Washington PostCritics immediately pointed out that the bold progressives advocacy groups have been pressuring Pelosi to pick for seats on the Ways and Means and Appropriations committees—such as Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ro Khanna (Calif.), and Pramila Jayapal (Wash.)—were entirely absent from the House Speaker\u0026#039;s list of assignments.\u0022No one here I think would be described as a progressive firebrand,\u0022 the Washington Post\u0026#039;s Mike DeBonis wrote of the committee appointments.Among the number of progressive snubs was Pelosi\u0026#039;s choice of Wall Street-friendly Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-N.Y.)—a self-described fiscal conservative—over Ocasio-Cortez for a spot on the Ways and Means Committee, the House tax-writing body that has the power to shape—or completely stonewall—Medicare for All and other bold legislation.\u0022So frustrating,\u0022 Ady Barkan, a progressive activist who is dying of ALS, said in response to Pelosi\u0026#039;s assignment list.Referring to the delivery by Markos Moulitsas, the establishment-friendly founder of the liberal Daily Kos, of thousands of roses to Pelosi\u0026#039;s office on Wednesday, one progressive strategist told the Huffington Post\u0026#039;s Daniel Marans: \u0022Progressives handed Nancy Pelosi 7,000 roses today in her office. She returned the favor by shutting them out of key committees that really [control] the money in her House.\u0022It\u0026#039;s already generating blowback. From a progressive strategist active in lobbying for committee seats: “Progressives handed Nancy Pelosi 7,000 roses today in her office. She returned the favor by shutting them out of key committees that really controls the money in her House.\u0022— Daniel Marans (@danielmarans) January 10, 2019I will note: It\u0026#039;s hard for progressives to maintain a united front with Democratic leadership if some top activist types are giving gifts to the same people other activists are trying to pressure.— Daniel Marans (@danielmarans) January 10, 2019While calls for freshmen members like Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) to be selected for key committees were always a long-shot due to House tradition and seniority norms, progressives were also angered by the exclusion of Jayapal and Khanna from the Ways and Means committee.In an interview with Politico, Khanna said made his case to the Democratic leadership for a spot on Ways and Means, but ultimately his push was unsuccessful. Khanna also expressed support for the idea of having bold freshmen on key panels, despite the history of new members being denied such powerful positions.\u0022I\u0026#039;m for shaking things up and getting some new voices, I respect seniority and I think it\u0026#039;s important to respect that and committee chairs, but a good balance would be to get some of the new members on,\u0022 Khanna added.Woof. No Ro Khanna. No Pramila Jayapal. https://t.co/rZ1kaYkBup— Every Billionaire Is A Policy Failure (@DanRiffle) January 10, 2019Pelosi\u0026#039;s announcement on Wednesday included appointees to Ways and Means, Appropriations, and Energy and Commerce, with assignments for Financial Services, Intelligence, and Judiciary still to come.As\u0026nbsp;Dayen reported for The Intercept in November, the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) \u0022secured a commitment that at least 40 percent of Democrats on five key committees would be members of the CPC.\u0022In a series of tweets on Wednesday responding to Pelosi\u0026#039;s announcement, Dayen noted that \u002211 of the 26 members named in these exclusive committee assignments are in the Progressive Caucus, but four of them are also in the New Democrat Coalition,\u0022 a group of centrist lawmakers.\u0022Progressive[s] probably approached 40 percent on two of the three committees (maybe not [Energy and Commerce]), but there\u0026#039;s a disproportionate number of Progressive Caucus/New Dem hybrids that made it,\u0022 Dayen added.