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Rep. Ocasio-Cortez to Introduce a Bill to Extend Federal Unemployment Insurance

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez during a virtual town hall Tuesday (Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)

Sept. 15, 2021 By Allie Griffin

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will introduce a bill in the House of Representatives this week to extend federal unemployment insurance through February, she announced Tuesday.

The federal unemployment benefits expired Sept. 6 — leaving millions of Americans without income as they look for work. An estimated 800,000 New York City residents lost all their benefits.

Ocasio-Cortez’s bill includes retroactive unemployment checks to cover the period beginning Sept. 6— while going through Feb. 1, 2022.

The congresswoman said cutting off aid to the unemployed at this time is a mistake, since the economy has yet to fully recover to pre-COVID-19 levels.

“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,” Ocasio-Cortez said at her virtual town hall Tuesday evening. “I simply just could not allow this to happen without at least trying.”

New York City’s job market has been slow to recover, according to economists. The city is 510,000 payroll jobs short of its pre-COVID-19 peak, according to a recent study by The New School’s Center for New York City Affairs.

The loss of unemployment insurance is affecting up to 10 percent of New York City residents, Ocasio-Cortez said.

The congresswoman admitted that she didn’t know how viable her bill would be in the legislature, but said she couldn’t give up without at least trying to get it passed.

“I’m not entirely sure the prospects of it and I want to be completely honest with you all on that,” Ocasio-Cortez said to constituents during her town hall. “We will work it… even if the majority of the caucus is not onboard we are going to do our best to make that effort.”

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Michelle Lanceman

Unfortunately the Achilles heel of democracy is also its great strength, the successful candidate should be the one who has the most marketable and in theory competitive idea to draw voters.

Unfortunately for candidates who are weak or stagnant on new ideas a lazy but proven effective way is to capture or better yet create your own dependent constituency. In the case of AOC its such a lazy approach, use access to the government purse strings to buy that support through freebies that folks then become consumers of which in turn creates a market for them and in turn a reliant voter for those like AOC. Meantime it takes more and more money out of the real economy where real growth and jobs are created to feed it compounding the root cause.

Nevermind the entitlement programs we already have are nearly bust without emergency action, such as Medicare and Social security already in a few short years. We want to use new crises to justify new ones for the same known unsustainable outcome? When the economy craters because everyone is planning on how to avoid the tax man as the primary economic motivator rather than money flowing into productive new purposes don’t be surprised.

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Truth

Why is it “tax the rich”? Why isn’t it “help the poor”?

These Marxist dont like the poor and they hate the success of others.

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Taxes help the poor

Guess where money for education, housing and roads comes from? I’ll give you some time.

Trump only paid $750 in taxes. Did you pay more?

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Fox Bees lied about the large number of police retirements. Look it up.

Truth- You’re so gullible and uninformed. We live in a consumer driven market economy that uses a progressive system of taxation to fund the country. That’s why it’s “tax the rich”

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Anonymously Disgusted

STOP STOP this free hand outs at the expense of tax payers! There are tons of companies asking for help – go out and find work and stop expecting Uncle Sam to give you a free ride, enough already!

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O and by the way

AOC has sponsored 21 bills and none have become law. making her one of the most ineffective law makers in congress. this new one she is proposing is going now where either as she admits . So all you fools that voted for her thinking she is an advocate for the poor working class are being greatly fooled. meanwhile she lives in a luxury complex , earns 175K and parties with the wealthy. this latest bill is just a show as she just didn’t expect such backlash from her latest jaunt the other night.

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AnonymousNYorker

Hey btw there is rumor yes she hangs with the rich she supposedly was at this super rich MET gala earlier in the week!!! What is she doing there you wonder???

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Orlando

I find it incomprehensible that they would allow the benefits to end, especially with students going back to school and with the holidays fast approaching, and that it impacts the most vulnerable segments of our population, and they fail to consider that most of this money is poured back into the economy, shows a callous indifference to the needs of these individuals and their families.

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Tanya

I understand it’s just a proposal, say it passes would we all get retroactive pay even if our claim lapsed the 4th or the 6th?

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Pedro

If AOC runs for any elected job in office including President one day, She’s got my Vote and hundreds of millions of others guaranteed !

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David B. Smith

Probably not. AOC has widespread support among her constituents, although you wouldn’t know it if all you do is watch Fox News & read the NY Post. AOC is smart and industrious. She will be a force to reckon with for many years to come.

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David

If Congress really cared they would have passed a sensible bill to help those Americans that are still struggling to make ends meet. Congress is ready to go on vacation while many Americans are struggling. Remember that next election date and vote these clowns out of office. We need more people in office like AOC.

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Jesse

Bless AOC! This is the Best news ever. She is always looking out for the working class. Tax the rich!

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Grace

Make no mistake. The progressives do have some leverage in the House. They can stall and basically say they won’t support any Biden agenda items. Then, and only then, will they maybe get traction with extending benefits.

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Tom

Let’s make it retroactive to 2015 and for the future until 2026 and extend the eviction moratorium until 2025.

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Jamie

I was super fortunate to have found a decent job three weeks ago; I was super scared before I got the job. I hope the unemployment benefits get extended. It’s not easy finding a decent job, despite what they say about all the job openings out there. Best wishes to you all.

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Richard Head

Yes Ana: let’s extend. I love sitting at home and doing nothing. This has been the best year and a half of my life!

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WorkForce Worker

Is she not aware that many businesses in the service industry across the nation have open positions? This is no longer about a lack of jobs. Maybe reassess the situation after most of available positions have been filled.

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Ed

No. Absolutely not this should not be passed at all. I’ve seen “we are hiring” in various locations. People need to just get up from their couches and look for a job. I’ve seen people just abuse this system and I hope this does not get passed at all. This is not needed, use this money to fund better social programs, or save the arts and music hey better yet how about better housing with this unemployment money. I rather see the expansion of a bike lane across the country than the extension of this program just for some low life can sit at home and smoke some weed and complain about life.

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Hypocrite much?

Maybe she can introduce a bill to copywrite her ridiculously expense TAX THE RICH dress which she wore to the Met gala along with earrings worth thousands of dollars. She should put her money where her bit mouth is and tax herself. She also did not wear a mask although she thinks you should . You voted for this – you can live with it.

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More handouts from the left

Redistributing taxpayer wealth to give people free money is WRONG. Except when Trump did it because 🤔

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Annoyed

Why ??? There are plenty of restaurants understaffed because it’s easier to sit home and collect , this is ridiculous just like her embarrassing “Tax the Rich” dress while hanging out with the rich all night at the gala

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