Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezWhy America doesn’t have the third party it wants Ocasio-Cortez calls for full investigation of Cuomo’s handling of coronavirus in nursing homes Ocasio-Cortez raises million for Texas relief, plans trip to Houston MORE (D-N.Y.) has raised about $4.7 million in reduction funding for Texas, CNN reported on Sunday.
Ocasio-Cortez started her fundraiser on Thursday, after freezing temperatures took over Texas and left hundreds of thousands with out energy or clear water. Her press secretary Ivet Contreras confirmed to CNN that just about $5 million had been collected as of Sunday night.
CNN notes that that is Ocasio-Cortez’s first main fundraising effort and disaster-site go to other than efforts regarding the continued COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our first main reduction effort was final yr when COVID hit and so we had been in a position to construct a catastrophe reduction and fundraising operation and we lower our tooth on that with COVID however that was in our dwelling district, and so earlier than that, we had mobilized for Hurricane Maria reduction however that was earlier than I used to be elected as a member of Congress,” Ocasio-Cortez informed CNN. “I believe that is simply one thing that we must always have the ability to do every time there may be an space in our nation that is in want.”
Houston Public Media reports that the funds raised by Ocasio-Cortez will go to the Houston Meals Financial institution, Household Eldercare, Feeding Texas, The Bridge Homeless Restoration Middle and Corazon Ministries amongst others.
The congresswoman visited Texas on Saturday, serving to to distribute meals on the Houston Meals Financial institution and visiting a house affected by the winter storm CNN stories.
“It is one factor to examine what is going on on nevertheless it’s one other factor completely to see the injury for ourselves,” Ocasio-Cortez mentioned. “The message in Washington is let’s not let individuals get caught up in a bunch of crimson tape. Let’s attempt to get this help out the door as a lot as individuals want and as rapidly as we will.”
Dozens of Texans have died as a result of harsh circumstances introduced on by the plummeting temperatures. Criticism has been raised relating to Texas’s energy infrastructure, which is essentially lower off from the remainder of the nation. A household on Sunday filed a lawsuit in opposition to Texas’s grid operator Electrical Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), alleging that gross negligence led to their 11-year-old son’s dying.