'To get the virus under control, we need to pay people to stay home,' she tweeted on Thursday.
'Republicans are mad at this when they literally just voted to do just this in March,' Ocasio-Cortez added, about the sole $1,200 stimulus check Congress approved in the early days of the pandemic and $600 in federal unemployment, which encouraged people to stay home.
With no new motive packages established and unemployment funds gathering, people have had to abandon their homes to seek work.
'The reason they're opposed to it now is because last time they got a Wall Street bailout and this time all that's left is helping working people, the disabled, the poor, etc,' the New York congresswoman added.
Meanwhile, in Vermont, a state that has mostly succeeded in having people socially distancing, the governor has approved $1,000 stipends for residents who have been ordered to self-isolate.
Although hard-hit states like North Dakota and South Dakota have launched few steps, saying social distancing and masks are a 'personal responsibility.'
Ocasio-Cortez is not the only lawmaker who has proposed that Americans get stimulus checks.
Rep Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who along with Ocasio-Cortez is a member of the four-person 'Squad' in Congress, tweeted a comparable post. 'We need to send every American a check until this crisis is over,' she wrote on Thursday.
Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang, whose signature policy was the so-called Freedom Dividend, universal basic earnings of $1,000 per month to every American adult, showed the same purpose.
'If we ask you to stay home we should also send you money so you can do so,' Yang tweeted on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Congress has been in a virtual deadlock with members of both parties helpless to agree on federal relief.
The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives approved a $2.2 trillion package in October, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has announced he will not approve any legislation that exceeds $500 billion States are meanwhile fighting to manage rising cases and hospitalizations as a second wave of the pandemic hits the country.
Researchers say lockdowns that promote social distancing often affect groups that don't have the possibility of doing so due to socioeconomic reasons.
So in Vermont, officials focused on helping high-risk groups avoid getting the virus, leading to one of the lowest seven-day average of cases per million.
In addition to launching stay-at-home orders, shutting down schools, and issuing curfews, the state's response directed sources to at-risk communities.