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AOC says it can not allow federal pandemic unemployment benefits to expire ‘without at least trying’ a new bill

AOC says it can not allow federal pandemic unemployment benefits to expire ‘without at least trying’ a new bill

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday introduced a bill extending improved unemployment benefits for coronavirus to February 1, 2022. If the bill is passed, the benefits, which expired earlier this month, will be retroactive to September 6.

It is unlikely that Ocasio-Cortez will succeed, as the political will simply does not seem to be there. President Biden said it was “appropriate” that the benefits end in September, as Congress planned, and even when the White House offered states with high unemployment rates the opportunity to reuse federal emergency aid money to extend aid, none of them did that. Meanwhile, other profile congressional Democrats, including Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Have mostly been silent on the issue.

Ocasio-Cortez seems aware that there is not much momentum behind her efforts. But after expressing disappointment with lawmakers from both sides to let the benefit strategy run its course, she said she “simply could not let this happen without at least trying.”

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