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So the Senate Democrats and the White House appear to be pulling out. However, the House’s progressive Democrats are pushing back with the White House. Nearly two dozen of them signed a letter Monday to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris urging them to continue the $ 15 battle. “Eighty-one million people cast their ballots to vote you on a platform that required a minimum wage of $ 15,” they wrote. “We urge you to keep this promise and call on the chairman of the Senate [Harris] refute the Senate MP’s advice on Byrd Rule Rules and maintain the $ 15 minimum wage in the US bailout. “
That move became more urgent when the Senate Democrats abandoned their plan to support the taxation of large corporations that do not pay workers $ 15 an hour. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Ron Wyden, Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, respectively, had worked on this alternative solution but dropped it due to “numerous practical and political challenges,” according to various sources. The practical includes the time it takes to write and review the provision and clarify it by the MP if the bill needs to be passed as soon as possible.
The expanded and expanded unemployment insurance extensions, which were passed late last year, expire on March 14, and states need as much lead time as possible to equip their creaky unemployment systems and ensure payments for workers are not disrupted. The alternative is seen as too easy for employers to bypass, for example, by designating low-wage workers as contractors. The leadership seems to believe that it is not possible in the allotted time to find a bulletproof or accountancy-proof way to get American businesses to make a living through taxes.
There are now two ways to achieve the long overdue minimum wage hike, and both involve Democrats forcing their “moderates” Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema to reconcile. It does this by overriding the MP now and keeping the house minimum wage increase or by getting rid of the filibuster related to legislation in an upcoming bill. The Republicans will not allow it any other way.
Aside from dusting the minimum wage, there are a few other concerns, including whether the child tax credit increase will outlive the MP. The language in this provision may need to be rewritten to retain it. The other element to look out for is what is happening in the Senate on Unemployment Insurance (UI). The bill passed by parliament extends UI benefits through August, causing UI to expire before other auxiliary provisions expire on September 30th. This creates another cliff for the accomplishments that Congress has to deal with, and in the worst case – when Members I don’t want to be in town for the August recess. Wyden has argued that the benefits, along with the rest of the bill’s provisions, must be extended through September. This is just as critical and in question as any part of the bill, as the entire Democratic caucus must hold together to block amendments to either lower the level of benefits – now with a $ 400 / week increase in the house bill – or to vote to extend the benefits until September. That takes 51 votes.
The Republicans now know they have a lost hand, but still agree against the will of the American electorate and the Democrats. Not a single Republican voted with Democrats to pass the bill in the House. In fact, they drugged the process and scheduled the vote to take place in the early hours of Saturday morning so they could use their old “middle-of-the-night” trope against it. Because that’s all they have. On the Senate side, McConnell keeps his members tight, arguing that the bill is just too big while he refuses to work constructively with Democrats to reach an agreement on anything. As usual.
It’s a big bill because it has to be. It includes the $ 1,400 survival checks for those earning up to $ 75,000 a year and the same amount for dependents – children and adults. It has $ 50 billion in vaccine distribution, as well as ongoing testing and tracing to try to control the virus. It includes $ 350 billion for state, local, and tribal governments to cover their budget constraints resulting from a year of the pandemic. There is $ 200 billion in reopening all major schools to prepare schools for students to return safely. There is $ 58 billion to replenish pension funds, which have had great success over the past year. $ 25 billion for restaurants and bars; $ 30 billion in housing benefits; and the increase in the child tax credit to $ 3,600 per year for children under six and $ 3,000 per year for children 6-17 years old, paid monthly instead of as a year-end tax credit. The current bill could cut child poverty in half this year only. It’s worth fighting for.
It’s sure to be popular too. We saw polls last week where 60% of Republican voters supported the bill, while voters overall supported 76%. Not only is it an extremely popular bill, it’s an essential one. The need is why people want it so badly and why Democrats need to get the most out of it that they can. Now.