Despite millions of Americans suffering unemployment at the hands of the virus that's killed over 250 thousand Americans, the Republican-led Senate has gone home for the week of Thanksgiving.
Lawmakers have been wrangling to pass another wave of pandemic relief, but talks have largely stalled due to Republican insistence on liability protections for corporations and hesitation to substantially boost unemployment benefits.
The House of Representatives has twice passed a version of the HEROES Act, but it's buried in the graveyard of bills on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's desk.
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)—who rebuked McConnell on the House floor for allowing the Senate to break without passing relief—continued to admonish the Senate Majority Leader on Twitter.
It wasn't long before Republican Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) tried to blame Democrats for the failure to pass relief.
Ocasio-Cortez didn't hesitate to answer him.
When Ted Cruz tried to retort...
Ocasio-Cortez, famous for her technical acumen and devastating clapbacks, only humiliated him further.
She told Cruz that in the House of Representatives, when a bill doesn't have the votes to pass, lawmakers work together to improve it until it does.
She suggested the Senate do the same.
People applauded AOC's latest verbal joust.
And she wasn't the only one to roast Ted Cruz.
Relief talks are currently at a standstill in Congress.