Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez assailed President-elect Joe Biden’s coronavirus economic recovery plan, saying the $1,400 checks he proposes for most Americans is not enough.
The New York Democrat pushed for a round of $2,000 payments, meaning many Americans would receive $2,600, since Congress doled out $600 checks in December.
AOC told The Washington Post: “$2,000 means $2,000. $2,000 does not mean $1,400.”
“Unemployment benefits should be retroactive too,” the “Squad” member later said in a tweet, in addition to the $400 a week that Biden included in his proposal, which also expanded from $500 to $1,500 the Earned Income Tax Credit, Fox News reported.
Fellow Democratic “Squad” member Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota also chimed in, saying in a tweet that “$600 wasn’t enough.”
“The American people are struggling to make ends meet and need relief. We must immediately pass $2,000 survival checks,” she wrote.
Freshman Democratic Missouri Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.), a new “Squad” member, likewise took to Twitter to express her sentiment on the matter.”$1,400 ≠ $2,000,” she wrote.
Biden on Thursday unveiled his $1.9 trillion economic recovery plan, which he’ll pitch to Congress as one of his first acts as commander in chief.
The big-spending bailout, which he’s calling the American Rescue Plan, proposes $1,400 checks for most Americans, an extension of the eviction and foreclosure moratorium until September and a national vaccination program as local distribution rates continue to fall short.
Biden’s $1.9 billion plan will deal with the nation’s faltering economy and lagging vaccine distribution efforts. But it also includes broad liberal promises to “invest in racial justice” and “intergenerational inequities.”
AOC thinks Biden’s COVID-19 relief proposal doesn’t do enough The British Journal Editors and Wire Services/ New York Post.