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Marjorie Taylor Greene challenges AOC to charity debate over Green New Deal

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MTG versus AOC, over the GND?

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) on Wednesday challenged Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) to a debate over the economics of the latter’s signature “Green New Deal” policy proposal.

“@AOC I’d like to challenge you to a debate on the Green New Deal economic policy,” Greene tweeted Wednesday morning in a thread.

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The controversial Georgia Republican also brought up her and the self-described democratic socialist’s economic and business credentials.

“Since you sponsored the Green New Deal and have a degree in Economics, I’m sure you are more than qualified,” Greene wrote. “I just have a degree in Business Admin and have owned a construction company for 20 years.”

“A debate between AOC and I on the Green New Deal economic policy would be informative for the American People,” she added. “They deserve to hear the two sides with pro’s [sic] and cons.”

Proposing some ground rules, Greene suggested that she and Ocasio-Cortez each choose one moderator and then negotiate a major news network to host the debate.

“Let’s do this for The People,” the Georgia congresswoman said, concluding her pitch. “What do you say?”

The New York Democrat never gave a response to her, which prompted Greene hours later to further press Ocasio-Cortez on a debate, noting how many Twitter users expressed excitement over a potential televised event.

“People are saying they would pay money to see it,” Greene said, then floating the idea of making the debate “pay per view style” and have the money raised divvied up between the pair for places of each’s choosing.

“What do you think?” she asked.

However, Ocasio-Cortez has yet to respond to the debate proposition.

Ocasio-Cortez’s office did not immediately respond to this reporter’s request for comment.

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NY Lawmakers want to tax tech giants to get $500M to fund unemployment benefits for illegal migrants

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New York lawmakers are debating over a proposed Democratic initiative that would pave the way for a multibillion-dollar fund designed to provide unemployment benefits for illegal immigrants. Spearheaded by state Senator Jessica Ramos, a Queens Democrat, the proposal has ignited passionate discussions within the Senate Finance Committee, where it currently awaits further deliberation.

The Center Square reports the proposal would utilize a $500 million trust fund earmarked specifically to offer jobless benefits for individuals who find themselves ineligible for traditional unemployment payments and other public assistance programs. To finance this ambitious endeavor, proponents of the plan are advocating for the imposition of a novel tax targeting tech behemoths like Google and Amazon. This tax, aimed at digital advertising revenue, is projected to generate hundreds of millions of dollars to sustain the fund.

Ramos has alluded to her belief that migrants are a fundamental contribution to the state’s economy. Despite their authorization to work, payment of taxes, and active involvement in the labor force, undocumented immigrants face a glaring disparity—they are excluded from accessing vital safety nets like unemployment benefits if they lose their jobs.

In a social media post, Ramos cited the expiration of federal unemployment insurance for freelancers and the depletion of the Excluded Workers Fund. She argues vehemently for a safety net aligned with the evolving dynamics of the labor market, one that extends support to all workers, regardless of their immigration status.

The proposed fund, aptly named the Unemployment Bridge Program, outlines comprehensive eligibility criteria encompassing a spectrum of marginalized workers—from undocumented migrants to freelancers and individuals recently released from incarceration or immigrant detention. By establishing clear guidelines and procedures, the program endeavors to streamline the application process, ensuring equitable access to unemployment benefits for those in need.

The initiative comes in the wake of prolonged deliberations regarding jobless benefits for undocumented immigrants and nontraditional workers in New York. Amid the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state previously allocated $2.1 billion to the Excluded Workers Fund, offering a lifeline to those excluded from conventional unemployment benefits.

Gov. Kathy Hochul’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2025 underscores a commitment to supporting asylum seekers, with significant allocations directed towards housing and legal assistance. The proposal has met with opposition from Republicans, who argue for prioritizing legal residents and taxpayers in the allocation of state resources. Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt contends that limited resources should be reserved exclusively for those who have contributed to the state’s tax base.

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