A controversial Democrat from New York claimed she was held captive to quickly support the next round of pandemic relief.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is outraged after Congress ordered her to read and vote on the next $900 billion CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus stimulus package in just two hours.
“It is over 5,000 pages, arrived at 2 p.m. today, and we are told to expect a vote on it in two hours—this is not governance, it is hostage-taking,” she said on Twitter.
Ocasio-Cortez claimed she did not have enough time to read the new stimulus bill even though she spent the past six months blocking previous bills that would have provided badly needed relief to struggling workers impacted by restrictions to help contain the deadly disease.
“This is why Congress needs time to actually read this package before voting on it,” she said. “Members of Congress have not read this bill.”
Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) then demanded the stimulus bill be postponed even longer to allow for extensive public consultation, even if it means families have to keep struggling for longer.
“And by the way, it is not just members who need to see the bill ahead of time—YOU do,” she said. “The public needs to see these bills w[ith] enough time to contact their rep to let them know how they feel. Members are reeling right now bc they do not have time to consult w/their communities.”
The bill, which the GOP and Democratic Party both brokered, includes a $600 direct payment for any individual earning less than $75,000 per year and couples making up to $150,000 per year according to Fox News. There will be a $300 per week federal unemployment benefit paid until March 14, 2021.
The stimulus package includes $54 billion for elementary and secondary schools, $23 billion for universities, a $4 billion contribution to the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund, and $1 billion for Native American schools.
It also provides $284 billion in funding to extend the Paycheck Protection Program, which provides forgivable loans to businesses for continuing to employ their workers throughout the pandemic. A further $41 billion will also be made available for other small-business programs.
Rep. Ralph Norman (D-S.C.) revealed none of his fellow Democrats had even read the entire contents of the bill.
“Folks, we just received a 5,600 page pdf that represents one of the largest spending bills in our history, and not one member of Congress will have had time to read through it before voting later today,” he said on Twitter. “This is awful governance, and a disservice to the American people.”