Even as Democrats will soon control both chambers of Congress and the White House, there already appears to be a battle brewing between the radical, progressive wing of the party and those who play closer to the center.
According to Breitbart, that was evidenced once again this week as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) made clear that President-elect Joe Biden’s recently announced COVID-19 relief package proposal, which would include $1,400 direct stimulus payments, falls short of the left’s expectations.
On Thursday, in a primetime address to the nation, Biden proposed a massive, $1.9 trillion relief package that heavily focuses on bolstering his COVID-19 vaccination distribution plans. It also includes the $1,400 checks, which the Biden team argues when combined with the recent $600 checks sent out, it equals the $2,000 originally promised.
“We will finish the job of getting a total of $2,000 in direct relief to people who need it the most,” Biden said on Thursday night, according to Vox. “$600 is simply not enough if you still have to choose between paying rent and putting food on the table.”
However, if you ask Ocasio-Cortez, she’s not buying it. “$2,000 means $2,000. $2,000 does not mean $1,400,” she said.
As you’ll recall, the idea of handing out $2,000 stimulus checks to the American people was something that President Donald Trump strongly advocated for, calling on Congress multiple times to make it happen. It was a blue moon-level rarity of a moment in which a number of progressive lawmakers actually agreed with the president on something.
Other members of “The Squad,” such as Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), have called for sizeable recurring payments to eligible Americans during the pandemic, to the tune of thousands per month, in order to keep financially-struggling people afloat during these tough times.
While it’s unclear what the final numbers will be, what is clear is that with Democrats controlling both chambers of Congress and a number of Senate Republicans backing the idea of larger checks, it looks as though we could be in for another round of stimulus checks in the somewhat near future.