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

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezTexas man charged for alleged role in Capitol riots, online death threats to Ocasio-Cortez DC residents jumped at opportunity to pay for meals for National Guardsmen Tensions running high after gun incident near House floor 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 TrumpMore than two-thirds of Americans approve of Biden's coronavirus response: poll Sarah Huckabee Sanders to run for governor Mexico's president tests positive for COVID-19 MORE, to the Senate.

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerCapitol insurrection fallout: A PATRIOT Act 2.0? Schumer calls for DOJ watchdog to probe alleged Trump effort to oust acting AG Student loan forgiveness would be windfall for dentists, doctors and lawyers 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 SchraderWhy are millions still flowing into the presidential inauguration? Democrats poised to impeach Trump again Five centrist Democrats oppose Pelosi for Speaker in tight vote 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 BradyK Street navigates virtual inauguration week Growing number of lawmakers test positive for COVID-19 after Capitol siege Overnight Health Care: US sets record for daily COVID-19 deaths with over 3,800 | Hospitals say vaccinations should be moving faster | Brazilian health officials say Chinese COVID vaccine 78 percent effective 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 SandersBoycott sham impeachment Sunday shows - Biden agenda, Trump impeachment trial dominate Sanders: Senate may use budget reconciliation to pass Biden agenda 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.