Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez got extremely emotional while she slammed Republicans who are blaming Democrats for holding up additional funding for small businesses.
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez says “it’s a joke” that Republicans say they are working urgently to help Americans.
Per Business Insider, Ocasio-Cortez, a self-described democratic socialist elected in 2018, joined four fiscal conservatives in voting against the latest, $484 billion stimulus measure to pass the House. That bill, which passed in the Senate on Tuesday, includes $320 billion for the Paycheck Protect Program, which provides emergency loans to small businesses.
That program has also provided tens of millions of dollars to publicly traded companies and firms with over 500 employees, such as Shake Shack, which has since returned the money, and Ruth’s Chris Steak House.
The Treasury Department has since said that publicly-traded companies have two weeks to return loan money that was meant for small businesses.
In an impassioned speech ahead of the House vote, Ocasio-Cortez singled out those companies, arguing that Republicans cared more about their bottom-line than for “mom and pops” or even hospitals; initially, the Trump administration insisted that money for the latter was “extraneous,” before conceding to demands from Democratic lawmaker.
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