Ocasio-Cortez Slams Proposed $600 Stimulus Checks: ‘This Is Inhumane’

Congressional leaders are rushing to make a deal on a roughly $900 billion COVID-19 stimulus bill before the end of the year. 

However, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is taking issue with the reports on a proposed new round of stimulus checks. She also noted that the proposal reportedly includes smaller enhanced unemployment benefits. 

She wrote on Twitter, “The fact that Republicans are forcing Dems to choose between stimulus money OR unemployment benefits, as if we couldn’t easily do both, is barbaric. Do they know that people in red states are hungry too, or do they just not care?”

“This is inhumane,” she added.

She continued to accuse Congressional Republicans of blocking more direct payments and urged Republican voters to call their representatives. 

And she created a poll to ask her followers if $600 is “enough.” 

She said, “And if you don’t want your member to vote for a $600 deal, you really need to tell them that. Don’t think ‘oh I voted for a Dem, we’ll be fine.'”

“No. If there’s an amount that’s too little, or any other red line that you want them to vote NO on, then you need to tell them that,” she added.

The Washington Post reports that lawmakers are negotiating a roughly $900 billion relief bill that would provide money for vaccine distribution and small businesses.  The Post also reports the bill could include direct payments of $600-$700. However, the bill would include a lower federal supplemental unemployment insurance benefit of $300 per week.

The bill would be a compromise for Democrats who have been pushing for aid for state and local governments, and Republicans who have been pushing for liability protection for businesses. While lawmakers say they need to pass a relief bill by the end of the year, some Democrats are already saying Congress will need to pass another bill early next year. 

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) claimed the proposed bill is “a much smaller amount than the country needs in this moment of economic desperation.”

“We have got to do more,” he added.

And President-elect Joe Biden argued the proposal is a “down payment, an important down payment on what’s going to have to be done beginning the end of January into February.”

Responses

  1. Unreal Lee, if you actually took the time to read any of her policy proposals, you would have discovered that she had the payment worked out. You wouldn’t know much about that, though, would you?

  2. Does this brainiac think we can just print all the money she wants to spend without consequence? The resultant era of reckoning that is coming will hit the hardest the very groups she proclaims to want to help; the poor and the lower wage earners.

    1. The Heroes Act was passed by the House on May 15th. McConnell’s response was we don’t need further stimulus. McConnell was uninvolved in negotiations until AFTER the election. HOW is Pelosi to blame?

  3. For once i agree with the dummy. I think EVERY politician in dc who took a check while this was going on. Should be made give it all back.
    AND!
    While this is still going on they should not be getting paid but forfeit their pay back to the people.

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