- While there is much for progressives to applaud in President-elect Joe Biden’s newly released $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Thursday that the $1,400 direct payments included in the plan fall short of the promise that helped Democrats win control of the U.S. Senate.
- “$2,000 means $2,000,” the New York Democrat told the Washington Post. “$2,000 does not mean $1,400.” Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) echoed Ocasio-Cortez’s criticism in a tweet late Thursday.
- On the eve of the Senate runoffs in Georgia, Biden told the state’s voters that “$2,000 checks” would “go out the door” if they elected Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, who both embraced the push for $2,000 checks on the campaign trail and ultimately defeated their Republican opponents.
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