The New York Democrat kicked off her fundraiser Thursday after extreme cold, ice and snow caused the power grid run by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) to fail, leading to blackouts and a boil water advisory for nearly half of Texas. . The fundraiser had reached $ 1 million by Thursday evening. The next day, Ocasio-Cortez said the donation amount had increased to $ 2 million and she announced that she would be visiting the state.
On Friday, the congresswoman said she would travel to Houston to join Texas Democratic Representative Sylvia Garcia to distribute supplies. While in Texas, the progressive lawmaker and other Democrats visited food distribution centers, water distribution sites, and visited damage caused by an unprecedented storm.
Ocasio-Cortez, alongside Garcia and Texas Rep Al Green, said on Saturday she wanted to work to help Texans after volunteering at the Houston Food Bank and visiting the home of a family affected by the storm winter.
“It’s one thing to read about what’s going on, but it’s another thing to see the damage for ourselves,” she said. “The message to Washington is not to let people get caught up in a whole lot of red tape. Let’s try to get this help out as much as people need it and as fast as possible.”
When asked if Ocasio-Cortez has ever raised funds or visited a disaster site before, the New York MP said it was her first event outside of an effort to fight the pandemic of Covid-19 and some relief work before his election.
“Our first major relief effort was last year when Covid hit and so we were able to put together a disaster relief and fundraising operation and we cut our teeth with Covid, but it was in our home district, and so before that we had mobilized for Hurricane Maria relief, but that was before I was elected to Congress, ”she said. “I think it’s just something we should be able to do whenever any part of our country is in need.”