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AOC: ‘To get the virus under control, we need to pay people to stay home’



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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) tweeted on Thursday that the way to get a handle on the increasing number of coronavirus cases across the United States is to pay people to stay at home.

“To get the virus under control, we need to pay people to stay home,” the self-described democratic socialist wrote.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), another member of “The Squad,” echoed that same message shortly after Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet, saying, “We need to send every American a check until this crisis is over.”

These statements come as months-long negotiations for a second coronavirus relief package to soften the impact of the pandemic on the nation’s economy have been stalled, as tens of millions of Americans remain unemployed. The first package, known as the CARES Act, was passed back in late March and sent millions of adult Americans a one-time check of $1,200. The second package has been stalled predominantly because of disagreements between Democrats and Republicans over the plan’s price tag. However, a deal does not seem likely to properly materialize until the beginning of the new year.

In recent months, coronavirus cases have been surging across the country, which has pushed governors and local officials to bring back stricter guidelines and restrictions for everyday life to combat the recent spike in cases. Cases are also surging across the world, especially in Europe, where the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and others have significantly tightened their own COVID-19 restrictions.

In response to Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet, Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) remarked, “You can’t make this stuff up. #StandUpForAmerica”.

Ocasio-Cortez, however, fired back at Roy and questioned why he voted for the CARES Act back in March and why he supposedly doesn’t support stimulus now, likely referencing stimulus bills passed by the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives that were then rejected by the GOP-controlled Senate.

In looking through the responses to and the retweets of Ocasio-Cortez’s original tweet, which has received over 260,000 likes at the time of publication, there was a surprising lack of commentary of both big-name conservative and progressive lawmakers and pundits, aside from Omar and Roy. Tweets from the congresswoman have regularly gone viral on the platform.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Electric Vehicle company with Chinese ties awarded $500 million of taxpayer money for 2nd U.S. plant



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With a little help from their Democrat friends, a Chinese electric vehicle (EV) battery company with ties to the Chinese Communist Party just announced the opening of its second plant in the United States.

Fox News reports Gotion Inc., whose parent company Gotion High-Tech is based in Hefei, China, unveiled plans to build a $2 billion lithium battery plant in Manteno, Illinois, alongside Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who cheered the project.

The announcement comes amid growing opposition to the company’s plans to build a billion-dollar factory in Mecosta County, Michigan.

In order to make the expansion happen, lobbyists for the Chinese Communist Party-tied electric vehicle company funneled cash to Democrats. “Individuals at a law firm registered as foreign agents to lobby on behalf of Gotion, a Chinese electric vehicle battery company developing a controversial project in Michigan, and wired campaign contributions to several top Democrats” reports Fox News.

“According to state and federal filings, Monique Field-Foster, an attorney at the Lansing office of the Warner Norcross + Judd law firm who is acting as a foreign agent on behalf of Gotion, donated to the campaigns of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Whitmer’s sister Liz Gereghty and Michigan Democratic Senate hopeful Rep. Elissa Slotkin” the Fox News report continued.

“In partnership with the business community and the General Assembly, two years ago we set out to make Illinois a destination for electric vehicle and clean energy companies from across the globe,” Pritzker said in a statement.

“With the right incentives, nation-leading infrastructure, world-class workforce and booming clean energy production, we have transformed ourselves into an attractive location for global manufacturers. Today, we take another leap forward. It’s my pleasure to welcome Gotion to Illinois and to show the world yet again that Illinois is ready to be a player on the world stage.”

Pritzker delivered remarks late last week thanking Gotion for choosing Illinois to call “home” in a ceremony with leaders from Gotion High-Tech, including Li Zhen, the company’s chairman and president, who said he expected the factory to open in less than 12 months.

“All that we see here [in Illinois] are of enormous value to us: an enabling business environment, a supportive state government for the new energy industry and their highly efficient work, as well as the prospects of the State of Illinois in the coming years,” the Gotion president added. “We believe that Gotion’s battery technology will help to boost e-mobility in North America and the economic and trade exchanges between China and the U.S.”

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