Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. . / EPA / Alba Vigaray / Archive
New York, Aug 11 . .- Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, leader of the most progressive wing of her party, called the recent executive orders of the President of the United States, Donald Trump, to extend the aid to the unemployed affected by the coronavirus crisis.
In a virtual meeting with the residents of the 14th district of New York, which represents the young congresswoman of Puerto Rican origin, Ocasio-Cortez assured that three of these executive orders « do not solve any problem, » but rather create them.
Last Saturday, Trump signed four executive orders to stimulate the economy, following the collapse of negotiations with Democrats.
One of them expands the program of additional unemployment benefits, which recently expired and consisted of giving an extra $ 600 a week to the unemployed.
The order signed by Trump reduces that aid from $ 600 to $ 400, and requires states to bear 25% of its cost.
Ocasio-Cortez stressed that the states do not have sufficient funds to cover their share of the aid and accused the federal government of not sending aid to these regions.
This Monday, the governor of California, Gavin Newsom, warned that his state does not have the ability to provide the funds required by the president’s order to extend aid to the unemployed.
In another measure, Trump authorizes the Treasury Department to allow employers to delay paying employee Social Security payroll taxes until the end of 2020 for those Americans who earn less than $ 100,000 annually.
With this rule Trump « has created a problem because people are going to think that they have more money in their pockets than they actually have, » Ocasio-Cortez said, referring to the fact that taxpayers will have to return that amount to the Treasury Department.
« I can only say one thing: that I am frustrated and that I feel sorry for all of you, » the legislator said in reference to blocking negotiations to approve a new aid package, before accusing members of the Republican Party of « completely abandoning the negotiating table. «
However, Ocasio-Cortez, as she is known in the United States, did appreciate Trump’s executive order to postpone until December 31 the late payments of credits requested by university students, a problem that affects thousands of young people in the country.