Ocasio-Cortez rails against both Democrats and Republicans who opposed $2,000 direct payments

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezProgressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC Wray suggests limits on FBI social media tracking a 'lesson learned' after Jan. 6 Puerto Rico's former governor stages a comeback MORE (D-N.Y.) in a series of tweets on Monday called out her colleagues who oppose $2,000 direct coronavirus relief payments to Americans, asking lawmakers to “err on the side of helping people” as the House voted to increase the aid from the $600 approved last week.

“Notice how Republican Congressmen who like to claim they are the party of 'personal responsibility' refuse to take any responsibility themselves for blocking retroactive unemployment benefits, voting against $2k survival checks, stoking doubt about the pandemic to begin with, etc,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in one of several tweets.


The House voted 275-134 Monday evening to up the size of coronavirus aid checks to taxpayers, sending the measure, which is supported by President TrumpDonald TrumpKushner lands book deal, slated for release in 2022 Biden moves to undo Trump trade legacy with EU deal Progressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC MORE, to the Senate.

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerOvernight Energy: Schumer to trigger reconciliation process Wednesday | Bipartisan bill would ban 'forever chemicals' in cosmetics | Biden admin eyes step toward Trump-era proposal for uranium reserve GOP senator: I want to make Biden a 'one-half-term president' How Biden can get the infrastructure bill through Congress MORE (D-N.Y.) announced his intention to pass the legislation on Tuesday if no Republican lawmakers try to block the action, which is likely.

Bloomberg congressional reporter Erik Wasson tweeted that Democratic Rep. Kurt SchraderWalter (Kurt) Kurt SchraderPharmaceutical industry donated to two-thirds of Congress ahead of 2020 elections: analysis House moderates signal concerns with Pelosi drug pricing bill Blue Dogs push House leadership to allow more member input MORE (Ore.) is against the payments, reportedly saying, "People who are making six figure incomes and who have not been impact by Covid-19 do not need checks."


Ocasio-Cortez retweeted Wasson, pointing out that aid is set to phase out for people who make more than $75,000.

"Is this really a good reason to block aid for millions," she asked, listing multiple reasons she believed Schrader was wrong for opposing the checks. "If you’re going to err, err on the side of helping people."


Ocasio-Cortez also called out Rep. Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyMcConnell presses for 'actual consequences' in disclosure of tax data On The Money: House Democrats line up .5T in spending without budget | GOP takes aim at IRS | House Democrat mulls wealth tax Republicans open new line of attack on IRS MORE (R-Texas) for reportedly saying people would only use the payments to pay off credit card debt or “new purchases online at Walmart, Best Buy or Amazon.”

Fellow progressive Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersProgressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC Zombie Tax punishes farmers to fill DC coffers Progressives threaten to block bipartisan infrastructure proposal MORE (I-Vt.) on Monday said he would oppose the Senate's vote to override Trump's veto of the annual defense bill unless the direct payments measure gets a vote in the upper chamber.