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Ocasio-Cortez rips Senate over possible monthlong adjournment

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) ripped the Senate after reports that the upper chamber may adjourn for a month after voting on its coronavirus stimulus package, saying it would be “completely dangerous and unacceptable.”

“The Senate might ADJOURN FOR A MONTH after this bill? This is completely dangerous and unacceptable. We HAVE to be able to respond to people’s needs,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Wednesday. “People don’t have this time. Even IF the Senate can even return on the 20th (big IF) that may not be enough time to solve May.”

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CNN correspondent Manu Raju tweeted earlier in the day that senators have said the chamber will likely adjourn until April 20 after voting on the $2 trillion package Wednesday. 

The timetable for the House vote on the package, which includes one-time payments of $1,200 to Americans making up to $75,000, four months’ extended unemployment benefits and $500 billion for corporate liquidity, remains unclear.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday said House Democrats would evaluate the Senate’s sweeping, $2 trillion coronavirus relief package, but declined to say how the lower chamber would pass it.

“This bipartisan legislation takes us a long way down the road in meeting the needs of the American people,” Pelosi said in a statement.

She also said the Senate package did not go as far as a separate House bill.

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