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ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ ASKS WHY AMERICANS WILL FUND SPACE FORCE, BUT WON'T BACK HEALTH CARE FOR ALL

ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ ASKS WHY AMERICANS WILL FUND SPACE FORCE, BUT WON'T BACK HEALTH CARE FOR ALL
New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has hit out at the Trump administration's decision to funnel millions of dollars into the creation of its Space Force, while the U.S. still cannot afford "public college or health care."
"The folks writing checks for a new Space Force are the same ones asking 'how are you going to pay for' public college or health care," Ocasio-Cortez said in a statement on Twitter on Sunday.
"This is the richest country in the world. Our problem isn't a lack of money. It's a lack of good priorities. And that is something we can change," she said.
Ocasio-Cortez's criticisms came following similar comments made during a recent rally for 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. At the rally, Ocasio-Cortez hit out at the development of a new military arm dedicated to operations in space.
"It's funny cause people ask, like, 'how are you going to pay for it?' While, you know, authorizing a Space Force," Ocasio-Cortez said at the January 25 rally in Ames, Iowa, as the crowd laughed and cheered. "They'll say, how are you going to pay for it while authorizing massive infrastructure for gas pipelines across the United States. But they'll ask, how will you pay for public colleges and all these other things?"
"But, really, the better question is how do we organize for it?" she said. "How do we create the political will? And the way that we create the political will is with you, and each and every one of us. When we introduce accountability back to our democracy, that's what this is truly all about."
Vermont Senator Sanders has also repeatedly questioned how the U.S. can afford to pay for the creation of a Space Force, when it still can't afford to guarantee health care and education for all.
"This is the richest country in the history of the world. We can afford to guarantee health care and education for all our people. What we need is the political will," Sanders said on Saturday in a tweet sharing video of Ocasio-Cortez's speech.
While Sanders' message did not make mention of Trump's Space Force, the Vermont senator did directly criticize the initiative back in December, asserting: "Before we create a Space Force we should make sure everyone has health care."
Trump proposed the idea for the formation of the Space Force in 2018, asserting that the initiative was necessary to help the U.S. protect its military space technology from outside threats and to ensure "American superiority in space."

Bringing his plans into fruition, the Space Force is now the sixth branch of the U.S. military, with its first member, Air Force General John "Jay" Raymond being sworn into office on January 14.
A series of career opportunities have also been posted on the U.S.' Space Force website, with the military branch looking to fill openings for "space operations" and "nuclear and missile operations" officers, among other roles.

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