Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) was named “employee of the month” at Goya Foods after sales spiked following her calls to boycott the company, CEO Robert Unanue told the “Michael Berry Show” on Monday.
“When she boycotted us, our sales actually increased 1,000 percent,” Unanue said on the radio show. “So we gave her an honorary, we never were able to hand it to her, but she got employee of the month for bringing attention to Goya and our adobo.”
In July, AOC tweeted that she would not be using Goya products while making Adobo seasoning, which is a well-known Latino household item and a part of the Goya brand. She later shared an alternative recipe to the Adobo seasoning.
“Our adobo sales did very well after she said ‘make your own adobo,'” Unanue said on the show.
AOC’s tweet came after Unanue praised President Donald Trump at a White House event this summer.
“We’re all truly blessed at the same time to have a leader like President Trump, who is a builder,” Unanue said at the event.
The president expressed his support for the company, tweeting, “I LOVE @GoyaFoods!” and posting a photo on Instagram that showed him giving two thumbs up while seated behind a row of Goya Foods products.
Unanue said it was interesting that AOC facilitated the boycott against Goya, “going against her own people as supposedly a Puerto Rican woman, to go against people of her own Latin culture.”
Goya has doubled its production in recent months and has expanded with an $80 million facility in Texas to meet the increasing demand.
“She’s our hero,” Unanue joked on the radio show. “She helped our sales tremendously.”
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The whopping 4,155 pages was supported by only nine House Republicans and 13 Senate Republicans. Majority of criticism from the GOP includes concerns that the bill was rushed and crammed with wasteful spending by a lame-duck Democratic-dominated Congress. The recourse will punish American families by adding to the national debt and exacerbate inflation.
“Today, I signed the bipartisan omnibus bill, ending a year of historic progress. It’ll invest in medical research, safety, veteran health care, disaster recovery, VAWA funding — and gets crucial assistance to Ukraine,” Biden tweeted. “Looking forward to more in 2023.”
Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell “praised the bill on the grounds that it represents a real decrease in discretionary spending. He presented it as a positive that nondefense spending jumped by only 5.5 percent, from $730 billion to $772.5 billion, amid an inflation rate of 7.1 percent” writes National Review.
“The bipartisan government-funding bill that Senators Shelby and Leahy have finished negotiating does exactly the opposite of what the Biden administration first proposed,” he said. “This bill provides a substantial real-dollar increase to the defense baseline . . . and a substantial real-dollar cut to the non-defense, non-veterans baseline,” McConnell insisted as negotiations were wrapping up.
House minority leader Kevin McCarthy, however, stated his strong disapproval of the bill before it even advanced. Affirming a letter from 13 House Republicans, McCarthy demanded the bill is reckless, irresponsible, and a “purposeful refusal to secure and defend our borders.”
For example, it failed to incorporate protections for Title 42, the pandemic policy that allows illegal immigrants to be expelled on a public-health basis, which currently hangs in the balance at the Supreme Court.
National Review adds, “The funding in the bill, which averted a federal government shutdown before the new year, includes an allocation of $45 billion in defense assistance to Ukraine. Some Republican priorities, such as Electoral Count Act reform and a bigger military budget, were nested in with Democratic appropriations, such as increased funding for Medicaid and food stamps.”
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