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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ted Cruz discussed whose party is responsible for the coronavirus aid package stalemate, according to Fox News.
AOC tweeted, “People across the country are going hungry, COVID is set to explode, and Mitch McConnell dismissed the Senate last week. I don’t know how these people can sleep at night. I really don’t.”
Cruz asked, “Why is your party filibustering $500 billion in COVID relief? And Joe Biden is cheering them on. Thinking that blocking relief somehow helps Dems win Georgia.”
AOC recently voted to pass the $3.4 trillion HEROES Act.
AOC responded, “The House doesn’t have filibusters, @tedcruz, 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.”
Cruz said, “AOC seems not to know there are Democrats in the Senate. 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 continues its struggles to find a compromise regarding emergency relief from the coronavirus pandemic.
Congress personnel are unlikely to come to an agreement before the year is out, as they have 8 days in their calendar.
The subjects which cannot yet be agreed upon have to do with a virus testing plan, a plan to aid local government, and tax cuts for low- and middle-income families.
12 million Americans will go without income after Christmas. Two federal aid programs have expired.
“There hasn’t been a bigger need for it in a long, long time here.”
From Fox News:
Democrats in the Senate have more than once filibustered a vote on the scaled-back GOP proposal, most recently at the end of October. The bill, less than a third of the size of the $2.2 trillion figured back by Democratic leaders, included boosted federal unemployment benefits, another round of funding for the Paycheck Protection Program, a key small business rescue program, money for schools and liability protections for businesses.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, a program created to provide jobless benefits to gig workers and others typically not eligible for benefits, and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, which extends state unemployment benefits an extra 13 weeks, are both set to lapse at the end of the year.
Another program that padded jobless aid by $600 per week ended in July.
Job losses remain elevated, and as COVID-19 cases surge across the country, prompting state and local governments to implement new lockdown measures, economists are increasingly warning of a bleak winter.