Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hosted a monthly town hall in which she spoke to her constitutes about a new bill she is proposing.
With this bill, she’s looking to extend the federal unemployment benefits through 2022.
In her frustration for Congress, the Congresswoman said, “I’ve been very disappointed on both sides of the aisle that we’ve just simply allowed pandemic unemployment assistance to completely lapse when we are clearly not fully recovered from the consequences of the pandemic.”
As of now, President Biden has opted for the wait-and-see approach and has not thrown his complete public support behind the measure.
But now enough is enough as an increasing number of lawmakers are beginning to publically break with the President.
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In fact, yesterday Freshman Congresswoman Cori Bush tweeted in support of Unemployment Benefits and announced to co-sponsor the bill along with AOC. Here’s the exact tweet:
Cutting off unemployment benefits has been proven to do nothing to get people back to work in this pandemic.
We need to bring back federal pandemic unemployment benefits until we get the virus under control.
I’m proud to cosponsor this bill. https://t.co/0qiMtOWw6m
— Congresswoman Cori Bush (@RepCori) September 16, 2021
During the event, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez said that while she was a commitment to proposing and fighting for the bill, she was “not entirely sure the prospects of it… We will work it, we will try but I simply just could not allow us to let this happen without us at least trying.”
With no high-level party support, there is a big question mark on the fate of a bill that can help over 30 million unemployed individuals and families.
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