WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ted Cruz exchange words via Twitter over the stalled COVID-19 stimulus bill.
- Sessions about the $500 billion stimulus aid bill were halted until next week as the Senate majority leader called for a one-week long holiday break.
- Millions of families across the nation remained jobless amidst the pandemic as uncertainty about the next relief aid continues.
Lawmakers Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and GOP Sen. Ted Cruz quarreled on social media about which side should be blamed in suspending the talks over the COVID-19 stimulus package following the break of Congress for the Thanksgiving holiday.
On Monday, Ocasio-Cortez expressed her disappointment via Twitter, saying that Americans are starving amidst the surging pandemic, but Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell dismissed the sessions last week.
Reacting to the New York legislator’s comment, Sen. Cruz accused Democrats of delaying the $500 billion stimulus aid supported by most of his party mates.
The Republican from Texas asked on Twitter why Democrats are deploying delaying tactics for the $500 billion in COVID aid package, adding that Joe Biden appeared to encourage the move.
Ocasio-Cortez responded by saying that Congress doesn’t have filibusters.
She explained that the lower House pushed numerous COVID relief aids to the Senate, including the $500 billion packages. AOC also mentioned that they prioritized helping citizens, not GOPs, who made it appear that Wall St.’s tax bailouts are a relief.
Cruz then accused Ocasio-Cortez of being ignorant of the fact that the Senate also has Democrats.
He also said president-elect Biden is publicly urging Democrats to halt a relief package because it could boost candidates of the party joining runoff polls in Georgia on January 5, which would decide which party would take the lead in the Senate.
While the debate continues, Americans by the millions are unemployed as the nation endures the health crisis with a stimulus package still held up in Congress.
In May, Congress Democrats pushed for the passing of the $3.4 trillion HEROES Act, and in October, supported an improved $2.2 trillion bill.
Incoming president Joe Biden has consistently expressed his support to Congress’ filing of a stimulus relief bill within the year before holding office in the White House by January 20.
Congress is set to resume sessions next week.
Source: New York Post