Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she might force her House colleagues to return to Capitol Hill to vote on a major economic relief bill meant to help people and businesses struggling because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Concerned that the $2 trillion package may do too many favors for corporations, the freshman New York Democrat told CNN she is considering taking a stand against a deal that has bipartisan support by objecting to unanimous approval.
Ocasio-Cortez said she is “open” to forcing a recorded vote, which would require lawmakers to return to Washington, D.C., to cast their votes in-person, “if necessary.” She also acknowledged that doing so would be unpopular with other legislators.
“With the health risks of travel, there is no easy choice here. But essential workers are showing up and putting their health at risk every day, and if the final text of a bill is set up to hurt them, it may be something we have to do,” she said.