Cruz argued that people of color, who are "often the victims of murder, the victims of violence," would be the ones to suffer the most if police in the country were abolished.
Although he previously expressed opposition to the idea, the president has now asked his education secretary to prepare a memo to determine whether the administration has the legal authority to cancel up to $50,000 in student loan debt.
Lawmakers say the legislation would be more than immediate relief and provide "stability, certainty and predictability" to all Americans.
Proponents of D.C. statehood argue that the predominantly Black and nearly 700,000-person region should have a say in the policies that affect it.
Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has requested the Biden administration cease federal contracts with ICE.
"You know how in a group project there is always a handful of students who didn't contribute, but they still take credit at the end," Tlaib tweeted Sunday. "That's the GOP after the passage of the American Rescue Plan."
The court, based in The Hague, the Netherlands, has been monitoring the conflict since June 13, 2014.
"Last I heard, someone making $55,000 a year is not 'rich,'" Senator Bernie Sanders tweeted.
Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal wished "the best" to outgoing Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, while remaining critical of his company's labor practices and tax payments.
Many Democrats say the White House should simply "ignore" the GOP "compromise" relief package proposal.
After President Joe Biden signed an executive order ending federal contracts with private prisons, progressive Democrats have called on the new commander-in-chief to make strides in prison reform.
"You should sit this one out," former Democratic presidential hopeful Julián Castro wrote.
Meet the four AOC-backed progressive lawmakers who were sworn into Congress this Sunday.
"We have to deliver and we have to deliver bold, it cannot be incremental," Progressive Caucus chair Pramila Jayapal told Newsweek.
"Send the bill back, and we will put in the $2,000 we've been fighting for that your party has been blocking," tweeted Michigan Representative Rashida Tlaib.
Republican Senator Josh Hawley is among the lawmakers who have said the direct payments agreed by Congress are not high enough.
The upcoming panel is being hosted by a Jewish activist group that "opposes anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim and anti-Arab bigotry and oppression."
She tweeted late on Tuesday night: "I am being told that including another stimulus check is too expensive. Fine. Tax the rich and pay for it. Billionaires added $931 billion to their net worth during the padmemic. They can afford it."
A new stimulus proposal was outlined which did not include another round of direct payments, despite previous bipartisan support for such action.
The Education Secretary has criticized proposals to forgive student debt, calling it a "socialist takeover of higher education."
It comes as lawmakers continue to dispute what should be included in a further relief package.
Representative-elect Nicole Malliotakis of New York expressed optimism that some Democrats would "join us" in opposing progressive policies.
"You stay in your lane. I could understand why you want me out of the Senate 'cuz I'm going to bury your agenda," Senator Lindsey Graham said on Thursday in response to progressives calling for his resignation.
Graham called the secretary's claim "ridiculous" and said he merely asked the secretary about the signature verification process for mail-in ballots.
"If [voters] can walk past blighted homes and school closures and pollution to vote for Biden-Harris, when they feel like they don't have anything else, they deserve to be heard," Rep. Rashida Tlaib said.
When Missouri Representative-elect Cori Bush publicly discussed the expensiveness of buying business clothes for Congress, she got some advice from other Democratic women.
"He spent time during this campaign bringing people together around, around this climate plan," Kate Bedingfield said.
"I've been begging the party to let me help them for two years. That's also the damn thing of it," the congresswoman from New York said.