Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez voted to back the new coronavirus relief package, but told her supporters in a video that she was dissatisfied with its contents.
She said during a Facebook live stream that the bill was just “a baby step” and “completely insufficient” to address how current entitlement programs allow Americans to stand up against pandemics like the coronavirus.
“What was done yesterday was a baby step, but it is not sufficient, so we have to make sure that we are pushing for more,” she said during the stream which lasted approximately 100 minutes, BizPac Review reports.
“It is a step forward, but it is completely insufficient,” she added.
The Democrat continued, offering a number of ways she would change the bill to better spend taxpayer money.
“One is that we have called for a moratorium on evictions. One of the things that we’re trying to secure in the House is paid leave. We made a baby step toward that in the form of a tax credit last night, but I’m hoping that we push for a massive expansion on paid leave for every single worker in this country, including independent contractors and freelancers,” she said in her address, per the report.
“We need to get cash infusions and cash transfers into working people’s hands,” she continued, again offering these “free” incentives to people around the country. “So we need to make sure that we are calling on every single member of Congress to support universal basic income or a cash transaction, because this seizing up of our economy is affecting everybody, and it’s simply not sustainable.”
“Huge, enormous and growing sectors of our economy are exactly in your boat,” she added per BizPac Review. “They are gig workers, contractors, tipped hourly workers, etc., and we have to make sure that we’re securing the cushion behind people.”
She then plugged her Medicare for All program, the same one neither she nor socialist presidential candidate Bernie Sanders can explain how the U.S. could possibly afford.
“And I also believe we need to extend healthcare to the uninsured and extend Medicare and Medicaid programs for every single person, on top of opening ACA enrollment. So I think all of those things are critically important,” she said—again mentioning how she would edit the coronavirus emergency relief bill.
Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz addressed criticisms like hers in a previous interview, where he said that many Republicans have a problem legislating permanent changes to America’s entitlement programs in an emergency relief bill.
“Everyone is for testing. Everyone is for medical infrastructure like ventilators. Where Republicans have challenges is where we have legislative provisions that forever change entitlement programs,” Gaetz said during an interview last Friday with Fox News’ Martha MacCallum, BizPac Review reports.
“We want solutions that are medical infrastructure-focused, testing-focus, but that don’t rewrite entitlements while we are dealing with the coronavirus,” he added.
Watch his interview below: