‘Where in the world is Kamala Harris?’ Socialists livid over inaction on COVID relief
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is already running afoul of the socialists over the COVID-19 stimulus relief checks. They are none too happy with her silence on demanding that the checks be boosted to $2,000 per person. The much-needed relief has been stalled by President Trump until the amount of $600 already approved for each qualified individual is raised to $2,000. Harris is evidently in favor of passing the pandemic relief amount as is.
Jacobin is a socialist website and they have published an article entitled: “Where in the World is Kamala Harris?” It takes direct aim at Harris over her inaction and lack of progressive leadership in this matter.
As Trump puts the brakes on the stimulus checks, he is joined by unlikely allies. Democratic Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and socialist Bernie Sanders (I-VT) both have pushed hard for the 2k checks. Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri is also an ardent supporter of the increased checks for Americans.
Jacobin spoke up just days after Congress passed $900 billion in COVID relief. Individuals making up to $75,000 a year will receive a direct cash payment of $600 – half the amount that was provided in the previous coronavirus legislation. Many, including President Trump, are calling it a slap in the face to Americans who have suffered and lost loved ones and their livelihoods in the pandemic.
Jacobin’s article slammed Harris for not being more vocal in demanding a higher amount for Americans hard-hit by the pandemic.
In the post, Jacobin made a point of referring to the fact that earlier in the pandemic, months before Biden picked her to be his running mate, Harris introduced coronavirus relief legislation to provide recurring $2,000 monthly payments to most Americans during the pandemic.
Harris, along with the bill’s co-sponsors Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Ed Markey (D-MA) argued that the one-time payment of $1,200 provided in the previous coronavirus legislation, known as the CARES Act, didn’t go far enough to help families reeling from health and financial hardships.
“The CARES Act gave Americans an important one-time payment, but it’s clear that wasn’t nearly enough to meet the needs of this historic crisis,” said Harris, a former 2020 Democratic White House contender. “Bills will continue to come in every single month during the pandemic and so should help from the government.”
A one-time payment is not enough. https://t.co/YBHTxMbZ3D
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) May 8, 2020
Now, she seems good with a meager $600 check instead of $2,000. She also seems to evade and avoid the subject as much as possible. President-elect Joe Biden likewise is nowhere to be found on the issue although it should be noted he agreed to the $600 amount.
Harris’ original proposal was considered radical and an attempt to merely validate her progressive credentials. The author of the Jacobin piece surmised that Harris’ silence could indicate that the progressive causes she championed on the campaign trail, such as ending private health insurance and banning fracking, could have all just been hyperbole. Socialists took notice, “This was supposed to be a proof point illustrating her progressive credentials and her appreciation of the magnitude of the crisis America now faces.”
The author pleaded with the Vice President-elect to take more aggressive action.
“The significance of this moment for Harris cannot be overstated. As the incoming vice president, a sitting senator, and the author of a much more expansive version of the $2,000 proposal right now in front of Congress, she can play a singularly significant role in galvanizing her party behind a desperately needed policy that polling data shows is wildly popular.”
“This is her chance to lead Democrats to a big win over McConnell in support of a policy that will help millions of people,” the author stated. “Let’s hope she seizes the moment and doesn’t decide to just disappear.”