- Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday strongly pushed back against a move by Senate Democrats and President Joe Biden to further restrict the number of people who will receive direct payments under the emerging coronavirus aid package, warning the new eligibility structure would deny direct relief to people who received checks during Donald Trump’s presidency.
- “I don’t understand the political or economic wisdom in allowing Trump to give more people relief checks than a Democratic administration,” the New York Democrat told the Washington Post‘s Jeff Stein. “It’s also an insensitive compromise for the roughly 80% of Americans that live in urban areas, which are known for higher costs of living,” she added.
- “We have a responsibility to show people in this country what a Democratic majority can do for working people,” Ocasio-Cortez added. “That means more generous relief checks, $15 min wage, ending the filibuster to protect our democracy. It’s a once-in-generation shot, and we need to legislate like it.”
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