AOC Votes Against Funding to Help Americans - The Only Democrat to Do So
Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) voted down PPP funding bill
Far-left socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has voted against the $484 billion coronavirus relief package to replenish the depleted small business loan program.
On Thursday night, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the measure, with Ocasio-Cortez being the only Democrat in both the House or Senate to oppose the bill.
The House passed the bill, which includes $310 billion for the government’s phase-three Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), by a 388-5 margin — sending it to President Donald Trump’s desk after passing in the Senate passed on Tuesday.
Speaking to CNN’s Manu Raju, Ocasio-Cortez explained that her problem with the bill was “giving Republicans what they want.”
“McConnell is already talking about the deficit the moment we talk about getting people relief,” she said.
“... That to me is a signal that Republicans are done.”
The move by the radical New York lawmaker comes after she cheered American job losses on Twitter earlier in the week when she learned that the oil industry was being ravaged by the pandemic.
Ocasio-Cortez tweeted: “You absolutely love to see it.
"This along with record low interest rates means it’s the right time for a worker-led, mass investment in green infrastructure to save our planet. *cough*”
The House voted Thursday night on the $484 billion bill that included a “forgivable loan program that ran out money last week amid skyrocketing demand from hurting small businesses,” Fox News reported.
“It is a joke when Republicans say that they have urgency around this bill,” AOC falsely claimed.
"The only folks that they have urgency around are folks like Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and Shake Shack.
"Those are the people getting assistance in this bill.
"You are not trying to fix this bill for mom and pops.”
Senate Republicans were ready to move forward with the bill two weeks ago but Senate Democrats blocked it — a move that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi praised at the time, according to The Daily Wire.
Earlier this week, after she celebrated American job losses in the oil and gas industry, Ocasio-Cortez said that people should not go back to work when the economy reopens.
“When we talk about this idea of ‘reopening society’ you know, only in America, does the President, when the President tweets about liberation, does he mean go back to work,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
“When we have this discussion about going back or reopening, I think a lot people should just say ‘no,’ we’re not going back to that.
"We’re not going back to working 70 hour weeks just so that we can put food on the table and not even feel any sort of semblance of security in our lives.”
Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, a Democrat who is challenging Ocasio-Cortez in the primary race for New York’s 14th Congressional District, slammed the former bartender for her antics.
“AOC votes against more aid to our overburdened hospitals in the Bronx and Queens and indeed the whole nation,” Caruso-Cabrera said.
“AOC votes against more coronavirus testing for the Bronx and Queens and indeed the whole nation.
"AOC votes against aid to small businesses for the Bronx and Queens and indeed the whole nation.”
Caruso-Cabrera added, “This is outrageous and just plain wrong.
"Nothing could underscore more clearly why AOC’s anti-democratic party, pro-socialist agenda needs to be rejected once and for all.”