The CARES Act initially focussed almost entirely on corporate bailouts, and despite Bernie Sanders threatening to block the legislation if unemployment provisions were removed, it went ahead with corporations receiving the lions share of this condition-free financial support. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticised the bailout as "shameful" and "crumbs for our families" after voting on it, and according to her office she "would have" voted against the bill . But voting was an unrecorded voice vote, so even if Ocasio-Cortez claims she didn’t vote for it in retrospect, the fact that she didn’t join Republican Representative Thomas Massie in demanding a roll-call vote means she forfeits any claim she can make to adequate appose the CARES Act. It is also clear from the lone male voice that opposed the bill in the House of Representatives that Ocasio-Cortez did NOT actual oppose the bill . This makes the speeches Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders gave, and the lack of meaningful opposition, grandstanding and a failure to stand up to corporate power.
Progressive politicians in America are clearly too afraid to offer their own policies when they are most needed. Either they are simply career politicians that are scared to rock the boat and effect their position, or it is a result of not wanting to be accused of using the pandemic for their political ends, or possibly a bit of both. This colossal failure underlines perfectly why the world’s richest country is worst effected by the pandemic. As despite being the biggest corporate bailout in US history the CARES Act doesn't accelerate the extensive testing recommended by the WHO and successfully carried out by South Korea and Germany. The $1 billion provision for healthcare instead gives Trump the option to use the Defense Production Act to manufacture diagnostic testing but fails to address the most pressing responce issues facing the country. As the leader of the progressive movement in the Democratic Party its clear that from the top down Bernie Sanders and American progressives are unwilling to rock the boat or go against their party, and are not willing to stand up to corporate-backed power. There is therefore no adequate political opposition to the American government.