The New York Congressman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Florida Senator Marco Rubio exchanged barbs on Twitter about who had the busier week.
Their feud began on Thursday when the Democratic Congresswoman responded to a tweet showing that Project Veritas is receiving Federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
” Black-owned small businesses were largely excluded from access to PPP loans, but the right-wing disinfo org PV accepted half a million in public funds while condemning direct federal support as ‘radical socialism’. wrote Ocasio-Cortez in the tweet. “Republicanism in a nutshell.”
Shortly after the Tweet, Rubio in his response praised PPP loans as a non-partisan victory to exonerate Americans in the midst of the COVID 19 pandemic.
“Collaborative research and development has helped save the jobs of 55 million Americans through PPP,” Rubio wrote in the Tweet, adding a touch of criticism of Ocasio-Cortez, telling her: “Work more, tweet less & one day you too can make a difference.
Collaborative research and development has helped save the jobs of 55 million Americans through PPP.
Work more, tweet less & one day you too can make a difference https://t.co/WprW5OR9LP
– Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) December 3, 2020
The two continued to go back and forth and began to argue about who had done more to help their communities in the past week.
“Yesterday I recruited 5,000 volunteers to train and care for children in my community who are struggling with distance learning, after investigating the Finance Minister’s reasons for stopping funding the CARES law and voting on the House of Representatives’ legislation,” Ocasio-Cortez replied, asking Rubio: “What have you done?
After apologizing for a “late answer,” Rubio fired the New York congresswoman, told her what he had done the previous week, and wrote: “Was busy this week helping a Floridian get travel documents to see his dying sister, a high school student whose mother died receiving SSI benefits, a specialist for a child with a crazy Obamacare deductible & negotiated an intelligence bill & another round of PPP”.
Sorry for late answer
Was busy this week helping a Floridian obtain travel documents to see his dying sister, a high school student whose mother died to receive SSI benefits, a specialist for a child with a crazy Obamacare deductible & negotiating the intelligence bill & another round of PPP https://t.co/HlsFeQHp3m
– Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) December 4, 2020
Washington Newsday turned to the offices of Ocasio-Cortez and Rubio for comment.
As Chairman of the Senate’s Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee that developed PPP, Rubio’s program aims to provide relief to small businesses during the virus-induced mass government closures at the federal level, rather than mass layoffs.
In a recent interview with the Marietta Daily Journal, Rubio spoke about the $908 stimulus package being discussed in the Senate, noting that it will not win support without additional help for small businesses.
“It is important to note that at its current (funding) level, the proposal barely provides enough to fund a second round of loans from the Paycheck Protection Program and does not provide enough funds to help small businesses, restaurants, entertainment venues and others survive the second wave,” Rubio told the Journal. “It should have happened this summer. It had to happen this fall. Enough is enough. Let’s get it done.”
This is not the first time Rubio and Ocasio-Cortez have fought over Twitter, because in early November you saw the two of them arguing over Twitter after Rubio tweeted that “every socialist is a democrat.
“Curious what you call the GOP, which gives away billions in public money to Wall St & fossil fuel companies? OR what do you call YOUR ability to go to Walter Reed Hospital and get free socialized medical care? Funny how it’s only ‘socialism’ when others get what you give to yourselves,” said the Congresswoman in response to Rubio’s tweet.