House Democrats will vote on President Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion COVID-19 bailout on Friday, whether or not they can influence Republicans between then and now.
In a tweet sent Tuesday afternoon, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) Said that the panel would vote on the legislation by the end of the week, saying, “The American people strongly support this bill, and we do move quickly to see how it is enshrined in law. “
The Democrats want to get the bill to Biden’s desk by March 14, when a litany of federal programs expires.
As a result, the bill stands next to no chance of getting Republican support.
Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Chairman of the Senate Budget, spoke to ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Tuesday evening about the fact that the party would live with it if the bill were passed.
“We turn to the Republicans and say, if you want to rebuild our infrastructure, get on board. You want to reduce the cost of prescription drugs, you want to provide medical care for everyone, you want to increase the minimum wage in this country? We’d love to have you, ”began Sanders.
“But if you are not ready to come on board, we’ll go ahead and do it alone,” he continued. “We have 50 votes plus the Vice President. We can do it in the Senate, we have the votes in the House. We want to do that.”
In his capacity as budget chairman, Sanders has led the progressive wing indictment of maintaining the $ 15 minimum wage increase in the bill despite objections from Republicans and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV).
Manchin, one of the most influential senators as a moderator on a narrowly divided body, does not support a minimum wage of $ 15.
President Biden has said that while he would like the $ 15 wage increase to be included, it certainly needs to be negotiated to ensure broader support.
Whether it will ultimately be included depends on the Senate MP, who will decide whether an increase in federal wages could be included in the budget vote.
Meanwhile, Republicans have opposed legislation to include Democratic wish lists, often citing the minimum wage as an example.
In a three-page memo released Monday, the Republican Study Committee argued that the House Democrats were hiding “liberal goodies” in the package.
The memo was distributed to lawmakers, asking them to “highlight any left-wing points that the Democrats hope the public will not find.”
RSC chairman Jim Banks said taxpayers need to be informed about what is in the business cycle.
“The RSC is leading conservatives inside and outside the Beltway against this so-called” aid package. “The more we learn about it, the worse it sounds,” Banks, R-Ind., Told Fox News.
“So we put together a bulletin to tell Americans exactly how their tax dollars are being spent by Democrats,” he said.