Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Raises $5 Million to Help Texans in Crisis
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Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has helped raise $5 million (and counting) to help Texans impacted by the winter storm, doing so in just a matter of days.
The message in Washington is let's not let people get caught up in a bunch of red tape.
The New York congresswoman, who flew down to Houston to help distribute supplies on the ground, created the fundraiser amid the power grid failures and disrupted water systems that came about last week in Texas, Mississippi, Kentucky, and elsewhere as a result of a deep freeze caused by the storm. The storm's fallout has left millions without electricity, water, and/or heat.
Light at the End of the Tunnel
"Charity can’t replace policy," she wrote, "but solidarity is how we’ll face climate change and build a better world."Also on Sunday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced during a press conference that power would soon be fully restored across the state by Sunday night or Monday and that grocery stores would be restocked. The Texas Tribune notes that, at the storm's height, "more than 4.5 million customers were without electricity."