'It's absolutely a bad faith argument': AOC slams Republicans for invoking the $25 trillion federal debt as a reason to restrain government spending

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed Republicans on Wednesday, saying they're merely citing the federal debt as an excuse to restrain the government from aiding average Americans instead of large corporations.
In an interview with NBC News, the New York congresswoman called on Democrats to pass further economic relief measures and said Republicans were relying on arguments in "bad faith."
"It's absolutely a bad faith argument," she told the outlet. "They were not concerned about the deficit when they wanted half a trillion dollars that would be leveraged into $4 trillion for Wall Street and their donor buddies. And honestly, you know what? If they are that concerned about the deficit, I'm happy to meet them halfway and roll back the $2 trillion tax cut that they passed just two years ago."

"Aside from that, they don't get to just start whining about the deficit the moment we actually get on the cusp of helping working people," she added.
In recent weeks, Republicans have urged a halt to further government spending, citing the ballooning federal debt. The federal deficit is projected to increase to $3.7 trillion for 2020, a historic record, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
In late April, Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell slammed the brakes on another coronavirus relief package, citing the $25 trillion federal debt as a "matter of genuine concern."

But critics like Ocasio-Cortez argue the GOP had no qualms in passing the largest corporate tax cut in three decades back in December 2017. That swelled the federal debt by nearly $2 trillion.
Experts say the US should take advantage of low interest rates, which reduce the cost of borrowing money. Jason Furman, formerly a top economic adviser to President Barack Obama, previously told Business Insider he believed the government could embark on up to $5 trillion in additional spending.
Ocasio-Cortez, a prominent progressive lawmaker, has repeatedly called for the government to provide immediate aid for average Americans. She supports passing rent and mortgage forgiveness in the next aid package.
House Democrats recently introduced a $3 trillion spending measure designed to aid states grappling with plummeting tax revenues. It would also extend unemployment benefits through January and provide aid to essential workers.
'It's absolutely a bad faith argument': AOC slams Republicans for invoking the $25 trillion federal debt as a reason to restrain government spending 'It's absolutely a bad faith argument': AOC slams Republicans for invoking the $25 trillion federal debt as a reason to restrain government spending Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 06:10 Rating: 5

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