Rep. Ocasio-Cortez proposes new legislation in hopes of attacking core issues of poverty

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Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez held her monthly town hall Thursday in Queens.

Ocasio-Cortez answered questions about climate change, immigration, HIV and much more.
 
Ocasio-Cortez recently proposed a new legislation she says is aimed at attacking core issues of poverty. The legislation includes five bills and one resolution.
 
Some of those include:
 
- "The recognizing poverty act" which asks to update the federal poverty line by taking into account things like health care costs, cost of living in certain areas, childcare needs and necessities like internet access.
 
- "The Embrace Act" which the congresswoman says would make sure everyone, regardless of their immigration status, is eligible for programs of the Social Safety Net.
 
She says this is a long-term investment for the future of the country. 
 
"If we want to say that the United States is still a leader in the world, then we need to be a leader in human condition, we need to be a leader in human rights, we need to be a leader in equality and equity and we need to be a leader in really creating a robust economic and social just society," says Ocasio-Cortez.
 
The new legislation also focuses on providing a Social Safety Net for everyone despite their involvement with the criminal justice system. It is a pro-worker policy that aims to protect worker conditions like paid family leave and living wages.
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