Senate Dems Give Up On $15 Plan B, Might Pass COVID Bill In A Few Weeks

Democrats seem in absolutely no hurry at all to pass a COVID relief bill, just like during 2020. Back then they were trying to hurt Trump instead of helping Americans. What’s their excuse now?

Senate Democrats nix ‘Plan B’ on minimum wage hike

Top Senate Democrats are pulling a plan to penalize large corporations that don’t have a $15 per hour minimum wage, two sources confirmed to The Hill.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Budget Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) floated their “Plan B” after the parliamentarian ruled that a straight increase of the minimum wage to $15 per hour didn’t comply with arcane budget rules that govern what can be included in the coronavirus relief bill bill.

Under the back-up plan, outlined on Friday by Wyden, large corporations would get a 5 percent tax penalty if they paid workers less than a certain amount, with the amount of the penalty increasing over time. Democrats were also looking at giving tax incentives to small businesses to raise their wages.

But Democrats have dropped the effort, with one source familiar telling The Hill that there were concerns that working out the details could slow down the overall coronavirus bill. Democrats want to get the bill to President Biden’s desk before unemployment benefits expire in a matter of weeks.

“We worked through the weekend and it became clear that finalizing ‘plan B’ with the caucus would delay passage and risk going over the jobless benefits cliff on March 14,” the source said.

Here’s an idea: strip all the unrelated hardcore leftist garbage out of the bill, massively reduce the aid to cities/states and schools (because they do not actually need it), and vote on it Tuesday or Wednesday. Back to the House for a quick vote, back to Senate, you could have it on Biden’s desk by Friday. Stop using the misery of Americans to push your politics. Stop wasting time on this crazy, because you might not even get the 50 votes needed to do reconciliation.

If the GOP had any brains, they’d have a stripped down bill ready to go. I just do not get why they’re always so not ready to go. They never seem to learn. The Cotton/Romney compromise on raising the minimum wage is not where they should spend any time.

Anyhow, the Democrats plan on taking up the bill sometime this week after stripping the minimum wage crazy out. And, then people can offer amendments. The GOP should bow out of that game, because Dems might give them a few patronizing perks, but, the crazy would still be in the bill. Then it would possibly need to go back to the House, then back to the Senate. The GOP shouldn’t take any part of this. And, eventually, there might possibly be a bill on China Joe’s desk.

(The Hill) Because the Senate is expected to strip out the minimum wage language, the bill is going to have to go back to the House for a second vote either way.

Progressives haven’t yet said if they will support the bill without the wage increase and are keeping a close eye on additional potential changes coming from the Senate.

“Let’s see what the package is going to look like, I always hate to give answers before I know what the package is going to look like. …If it’s watered down, that’s a whole different issue, so we just have to see what it ends up as,” said Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.).

Watered down? Shouldn’t even be in the bill, which is supposed to be about COVID relief.

BTW, that The Hill link highlights lots of other crazy legislation the Democrats are pushing.

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3 Responses to “Senate Dems Give Up On $15 Plan B, Might Pass COVID Bill In A Few Weeks”

  1. alanstorm says:

    Here’s an idea: strip all the unrelated hardcore leftist garbage out of the bill, massively reduce the aid to cities/states and schools (because they do not actually need it), and vote on it Tuesday or Wednesday.

    Well have none of that logic or reason HERE, young man! This is the Internet, FFS!

  2. Hairy says:

    Teach
    Did you sell iphones cheaper than in NYC because of that lower minimum wage ?

    • gitarcarver says:

      Did you sell iphones cheaper than in NYC because of that lower minimum wage ?

      After getting blasted with the fact that Big Macs are not the same price across the US (unless you believe that $4.19 is the same as $8.79 for a Big Mac,) Hairy tries again with this ridiculous comment on the cost of iPhones.

      The fact of the matter is that the price of iPhones is set by Apple and not the dealers of sellers.

      Hairy is willing to lie and rely on his ignorance because he hates the truth.

      Then again, all the left has is hate.

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