On Wednesday, the Senate approved a $2 trillion stimulus bill to aid individuals and businesses in the fallout from the coronavirus shutdown of the economy. While there were concessions from both Republicans and Democrats, the bill unanimously passed the Senate 96-0.
Some, however, are deeply unssatisfied with the stimulus bill. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has recently voiced her concerns that the stimulus bill doesn’t include checks to immigrants.
Under the Senate bill, only those with a valid Social Security Number are eligible for a check.
Shouldn’t AOC, as a U.S. Representative, be more concerned with getting checks to Americans than to those that aren’t from here?
Check out her tweet below:
Fox News had this to report on AOC's tweet:
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., does not share the enthusiasm Democratic leaders showed toward the coronavirus stimulus bill that the Senate passed this week after extensive negotiations, claiming that the provision that will send money to individuals does not go far enough.
According to the bill, nonresident aliens are not eligible for the payments, which are generally $1,200 for those who file taxes as individuals and $2,400 for those who file jointly.
An Individual Tax Identification Number (ITINs) is, as the IRS describes, "a tax processing number only available for certain nonresident and resident aliens, their spouses, and dependents who cannot get a Social Security Number." This includes illegal immigrants.
Despite House Speaker Nancy Pelosi praising Senate Democrats for using their "leverage" to obtain the party's goals with the bill, Ocasio-Cortez blamed Republicans and the Trump administration for holding those in need "hostage" to secure benefits for corporations.
"What Trump + Senate GOP have done is hold hospitals, working people, and the vulnerable hostage so they could get in $500 billion (that will be leveraged into $4T) in corporate welfare," she said. "Without the Wall St giveaway, GOP refuses to fund hospitals & unemployment. It’s inhumane."
Many responses to AOC's call for immigrants, both legal and illegal, to receive checks were naturally negative.
Take a look:
Previously, AOC called for sending a check to every single individual in America. Individuals labeled as "rich," would simply be taxed at a higher rate next year in order to retrieve the money.
Here's her original idea below: