Democrats push $1.9T coronavirus relief package through House

Democrats are making good on their promise to push President Joe Biden’s massive — and expensive — coronavirus relief proposal through Congress.

The Washington Examiner reports that the House voted 219–212 early Saturday to pass Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief proposal.

The late-night vote came down along party lines, with all Republicans voting against it and all but two Democrats — Reps. Kurt Schrader (OR) and Jared Golden (ME) — voting for it, according to the Examiner.

The version of the bill passed in the lower chamber includes a provision that would raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour nationwide by 2025, double the current minimum wage of $7.25, as Breitbart notes.

What’s next?

With the House’s blessing, the bill is now headed to the U.S. Senate, where it faces a tougher battle. Though Democrats are hoping to push the pricey package through the Senate using a process known as “budget reconciliation,” which requires only 51 votes to pass rather than the standard 60-vote majority, Dems only hold 50 seats in the upper chamber.

If the vote comes down 50–50, Vice President Kamala Harris would cast the tie-breaking vote, reports note.

That would send the bill right to President Biden’s desk.

But there’s worse news still for Dems: the Senate parliamentarian has said the provision raising the minimum wage cannot be included in the package under current budget reconciliation rules, according to NPR. The decision serves as yet another hurdle for Democrats, who are already facing sharp pushback from Republicans over their after-midnight vote on Saturday.

Politics over people

“This bill should have been negotiated in a bipartisan manner, but hundreds of Republican amendments were shut down at every turn,” Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) said following the vote, according to the Washington Examiner.

“Clearly this legislation has more to do with politics than providing relief to the American people,” he added.

Davis’ comments echoed remarks made earlier in the week by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who blasted the bill as “a Pelosi Payoff.”

“Unfortunately, President Joe Biden and Congressional Democrats chose to cut Republicans out of the process,” McCarthy said, according to Fox News. “After claiming on the campaign trail that he would be a ‘President for all Americans,’ President Biden has made zero attempt at bipartisanship.”

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  1. This bill labeled as Pelosi pay off. Folks i don’t care how you say this, but you don’t get someting for nothing, these damn democrats are going to spend us into the poor house, all this spending has to be addressed sometime in near future.Put another way if you spend more than you recover then who is going to cover this loss? Guess who.

    1. Pelosi should be impeached immediately! Donald J. Trump requested National Guard prior to 6 January, and Pelosi blocked it from happening! It is obvious the Dems had this all planned out, and tried to blame Donald J. Trump for the violence that occurred on 6 January when all along it was the fault of Nancy Pelosi and the Dems that created the problem!

      1. I agree. If there is violence then look toward the Democrats. Isn’t it magical that these radical Democrats, Global Elites, Deep State, etc want to control people’s lives yet there’s are in shambles….

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  3. 91% Pure Pork. The smelly rancid crap they have been pushing for years. Take the money from your grandchildren and give it to the mismanaged blue states.

  4. I don’t u understand how they can push other agendas through on this bull. It appears illegal to me. I had just as soon not have a stimulus check as to have alk this extra spending thrown in. It is suppose to be for Americans & small businesses. Why alk the deception?

    1. The Democrats are the deception. Why not open up the country, put people back to work, lift mandates, and move forward. Biden shouldn’t have killed the XL pipeline. He done it to get back at Trump at the expense of working taxpayers which cost the loss of revenue. America will always need gas and oil for energy. I don’t wish to purchase an electric vehicle.

  5. Well, Pelosi was hoping that the Senators in the Senate will not take the time to read this bill and just agree to it, because the true citizens of the U.S. need the $1,400 real badly. But they are not looking to have their taxes raised in th enear future. I am a SSI recipient. What I don’t understand is they only gave us a 1.2% increase in our SSI check this month and everything is going to go up in price, more than 1.2% because the Democrats pushed Biden into office, with a fraudulent election. Proof is in the pudding.

  6. The Democrats are a bunch of cowards. I says because they are pushing the minimum wage increase to $15/hrs to became efective on 2025. What this means is that the GOP will have to deal with the problems that will arise from this bill. What a bunch on hypocrits!

    1. By the time 2025 rolls around inflation will be so bad from all this pork spending that $15.00 a hour will be worth about what 5cents is now

  7. maybe they should stop giving money to other country’s and start taking care of their own country

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