Wednesday, March 10, 2021. New York City – Wednesday, March 10, marks the 50th day of the Joe Biden and Kamala Harris administration. Democrats said Joe Biden was better than Donald Trump. Is that true?
On Wednesday, March 10, Congress finally passed the bill containing President Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package. President Joe Biden will sign the bill on Friday, March 12. After Biden signs the legislation, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will begin sending payments to eligible households.
According to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, nearly 12 million American adults who would have received a partial third survival check under the original bill will not get any payment under the final bill.
In other words, more people got stimulus checks from former president Donald Trump and former vice president Mike Pence than from president Joe Biden and vice president Kamala Harris. Democrats said Biden was better than Trump. Democrats said Biden was “the lesser of two evils.” What happened?
Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan would provide a third round of federal survival checks to millions of people in the country. An agreement between Biden and some Democratic Senators would limit the number of households that would qualify for the $1,400 checks, cutting off millions of other Americans who had been hoping for the stimulus money.
A No-Brainer—And Long Overdue’: Report Finds Raising Minimum Wage to $15 Would Boost Pay of 32 Million
“Vice-President Kamala Harris could have overruled the Senate parliamentarian who decided to remove the $15 minimum wage from the new Covid-19 relief package; she did not,” writes Derecka Purnell, on The Guardian.
www.commondreams.org reports that “the Economic Policy Institute on Tuesday (march 8, 2021) released a report detailing the potential impact of a provision that Senate Republicans and eight members of the Democratic caucus recently blocked from the package—a gradual increase of the federal minimum wage from just $7.25 to $15 per hour.”
“Raising the nation’s hourly minimum wage to $15 by 2025 would boost the pay of 32 million people—or over a fifth of the U.S. workforce, according to the think tank. Three-quarters of workers who would see their pay rise are represented by senators who helped blocks its inclusion in the relief package,” writes Jessica Corbett on Common Dreams.
Jessica adds, “the White House made clear that Vice President Kamala Harris would not use her authority to override the opinion of the unelected Senate parliamentarian that the proposal violated rules for the budget reconciliation process that Democrats are using for the relief package—meaning the measure must pass both chambers as a separate bill.”
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