This is surprising!
In a bold new move, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said that she in unveiling a new bill which will reinstate unemployment benefits for millions of Americans.
According to Fox Business, Ocasio-Cortez said, “I’ve been very disappointed on both sides of the aisle that we’ve just allowed pandemic unemployment assistance to completely lapse, when we are clearly not fully recovered from the cost effects of the pandemic. I simply just could not allow this to happen without at least trying.”
— aída chávez (@aidachavez) September 15, 2021
Ocasio-Cortez has been a long time supporter of unemployment benefits. Here is a video of her from last year discussing her thoughts on unemployment:
Rep. @AOC: “Unemployment takes a huge emotional and mental toll… This is not just an economic issue. It’s an issue of health. It’s an issue of stress. It’s an issue of mental health.” pic.twitter.com/w5pYLXnnrx
— The Hill (@thehill) April 2, 2020
It currently appears that Biden is not in favor of extending unemployment benefits and even went as far as saying it was an “appropriate” time for them to end.
Many moderate Democrats along with Joe Biden are not in favor of handing out more unemployment benefits. AOC responded by saying, “I’m not entirely sure the prospects of it, and I want to be completely honest with you all on that. We will work it, we will try, but I simply just could not allow us to let this happen without at least trying.”
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