Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) are going at it on social media, bickering over whose party is responsible for the stalemate over the COVID-19 relief package as Congress has left Washington for a weeklong recess for Thanksgiving.
“People across the country are going hungry, COVID is set to explode, and Mitch McConnell dismissed the Senate last week,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “I don’t know how these people can sleep at night. I really don’t.”
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Cruz, however, was not having any of it.
“Why is your party filibustering $500 billion in COVID relief?” he asked Ocasio-Cortez. “And Joe Biden is cheering them on. Thinking that blocking relief somehow helps Dems win Georgia.”
Ocasio-Cortez, who seems to live for these types of Twitter fights, was quick to respond.
“The House doesn’t have filibusters, @tedcruz,” she fired back. “We also passed several COVID relief packages to the Senate that not only include >$500 billion, but also prioritize helping real people as opposed to Wall St bailouts the GOP tries to pass off as ‘relief.’ Nice try though.”
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This was a clear attempt to make Cruz look stupid, yet he immediately responded by pointing out that he had never said that filibusters happen in the House. Instead, he’d asked her what she thinks about her party potentially doing that, a question that she failed to answer.
“AOC seems not to know there are Democrats in the Senate,” Cruz tweeted. “Or that Joe Biden (also a Dem) is publicly calling on Senate Dems to continue filibustering COVID relief because he thinks it will help them win Georgia.”
Congress has spent months trying for months to come up with another round of emergency relief amidst the coronavirus pandemic. While both the Republican and Democratic parties have expressed an interest in making sure this happens, they have failed to come up with a plan that everyone can agree on.
A relief package is arguably needed now more than ever, as a study published by the Century Foundation, a nonprofit think tank, found that around 12 million Americans will be left with no income the day after Christmas after two federal jobless aid programs that were set up in March expire.
Between this and a surge in COVID-19 cases that are causing many states to implement new lockdown measures, economists are warning that bleak times may be ahead, according to Fox News.
“There hasn’t been a bigger need for it in a long, long time here,” Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said last week as he appealed to Congress to put through another stimulus package.
This piece was written by James Samson on November 24, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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