- Unwanted news: mailing the $ 1,400 check could take longer than expected.
- The dispute over raising the minimum wage could delay the mailing of the $ 1,400 check.
- The House of Representatives has already approved Biden’s economic package; now it’s up to the Senate.
The sending of the stimulus check of $ 1,400 could take time due to the dispute that some progressives would have to achieve the increase in the minimum wage.
Although President Joe Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion financial aid package was approved by the House of Representatives this Saturday, the minimum wage increase that had been requested was not included, which could cause some progressives to fight for it and, consequently, delay the delivery of the third check that so many Americans expect.
According to a report by Newsweek Posted on Saturday night, House progressives can cause Congress to delay passing the $ 1.9 trillion stimulus package, which includes the much-anticipated $ 1,400 aid checks, with the goal of maintaining the $ 15 minimum wage increase in lengthy bill.
Progressive lawmakers warned Democratic leaders on Friday that they could retain their vote in favor of the legislation if the Senate eliminates the pay increase, Newsweek reported.
His opposition could then return the package for renegotiation, which would further paralyze the approval of the bill, the aforementioned outlet reported.
“There are progressive Democrats who have that strength in the House. If we as a party decide to back out of our promise to raise the minimum wage, I think that is extraordinarily spurious and is something that as a party we could have a deeper conversation about how to fight for it, ”said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Ocasio-Cortez’s statement came after suggesting that progressives should pressure party leaders by withholding their votes in the same way that moderate Democrats have done in opposing the package.
In the early hours of Saturday, the House of Representatives approved Biden’s package largely along party lines in a vote of 219-212.
Two Democrats, Jared Golden of Maine and Kurt Schrader of Oregon, broke with the party to oppose legislation that Republicans in the lower house voted unanimously against, Newsweek detailed.
The economic package now goes to the Senate, where the increase in the minimum wage of $ 15 is expected to be modified. It will then be sent back to the House for another vote, Newsweek said.
The outlet recalled that the House bill includes raising the federal minimum wage by 2025, a measure strongly opposed by Republicans and some moderate Democrats. However, Senate MP Elizabeth MacDonough, a non-partisan interpreter of the House rules, recently said she did not meet the reconciliation requirements.
Senate Democrats had paved the way to use the budget process to pass legislation with a simple majority, as the House is evenly divided and Vice President Kamala Harris has the runoff vote. But with MacDonough’s ruling, party members are now spending the weekend exploring other avenues to pass the measure, Newsweek explained.
Representative Pramila Jayapal of Washington, chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, told reporters that Democrats could lose the support of progressives if they can’t find a way to include the pay increase.
“I don’t think we can go back to the voters and say, ‘Look, I know the Republicans, the Democrats, the independents support this; We promised it, but due to an unelected MP who gave us a ruling, we couldn’t do it. ‘ There are a lot of good things in the package, but if it gets diluted it’s a completely different problem. So we have to see how it ends, “he said.
Newsweek noted that on Friday, Ocasio-Cortez also warned the Biden administration that the minimum wage debate “sets the stage for how effective we will be for the rest of our term.”
Jayapal has pushed for Harris to annul MacDonough. While the vice president has the authority to override the MP’s decision, she is not expected to do so.
Newsweek noted that on Thursday Senator Bernie Sanders, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, said he will introduce an amendment that will “eliminate tax deductions for large, profitable corporations that do not pay workers at least $ 15 an hour and provide small businesses the incentives they need to increase wages ”.
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