By Daniel Trotta
NEW YORK (Reuters) – US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday promoted her ambitious voter welfare legislation in her hometown of New York, finding a friendlier audience than usual in the brilliance of Washington.
But voters in a city hall also pressured her in the impeachment process against President Donald Trump, climate change and health care, allowing the first-term congresswoman to show her progressive credentials on a range of issues.
Ocasio-Cortez, 29, has gained prominence since his election a year ago, pushing the Democratic Party to turn left before the November 2020 presidential election, becoming a favorite target of conservative Fox News and Republicans who consider it radical. too much.
"If the government worked for us half of what it works for billionaires and corporations, our lives would be transformed," Ocasio-Cortez told a crowd of about 100 people in a public library in the Queens neighborhood.
She has outlined an agenda that can find a way through the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, but it will surely fail in the Republican-led Senate.
Its "Just Society" proposal, made up of five separate bills, provides plenty of ammunition for critics and admirers.
It would recast federal poverty line guidelines, now defined as an individual earning less than $ 13,064 a year or a family of four earning less than $ 25,465.
Ocasio-Cortez would identify many more people as impoverished and qualify them for government benefits.
Other bills would direct federal contracts to companies that treat workers well, restrict rent increases by landlords, or restore the rights of ex-convicts after they have been in prison.
A provision that should encourage Trump's immigration policy supporters would extend federal benefits to undocumented migrants.
Ocasio-Cortez told reporters that he had not yet set a price on the proposal, but said some provisions would cost nothing and others would cut spending, for example, reducing the prison population and lowering the cost of incarceration.
"This is a question that is asked only about the general welfare of the public and it is not a question we ask about war, it is not a question we ask about the $ 2.1 trillion GOP tax cut," he said. Occasion-Cortez.
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"For those who may have a fixed price, we are happy to have this conversation," she said, adding that the impact on the budget would be analyzed by the Congressional Budget Office.
(Reporting by Daniel Trotta; Clarence Fernandez Edition)