Support Our Troops Is Only A Marketing Gimmick To Conservative Lawmakers They Wrap Themselves In The Flag While Turning Their Backs On Actual Troops
And here we have it again folks, Democrats trying to support our troops while the Republicans shoot them down.
Last Thursday, the day before Veteran’s Day, this happened:
“The largest piece of veterans legislation in decades — aimed at expanding health care, education and other benefits — was rejected Thursday by the Senate. The legislation died on a vote of 56–41, with only two Republicans voting for it.”
The legislation would have restored cost-of-living increases for the pensions of future military retirees, expanded VA health care and would have provided benefits for family caregivers of disabled veterans — and was supported by nearly all veterans groups.
Funding was to come from billions of dollars the government projected it would spend on wars overseas in the fight against al-Qaeda. Republicans said this was “phony” because the wars are winding down. Which was exactly Bernie Sanders’ point of reallocating these funds… because, in theory, they wouldn’t now be needed to fund the wars.
The Vote Opens The Door For Democrats To Use A Key Legislative Maneuver To Try To Bypass Republican Opposition And Enact Bidens Economic Agenda
Hours after the Senate advanced a bipartisan bill to improve the nation’s infrastructure, Democrats forged ahead independently on a second front — adopting a $3.5 trillion budget that could enable sweeping changes to the nation’s health care, education and tax laws.
The 50-49 vote came early Wednesday morning, after lawmakers sparred in a marathon debate over the proposed sizable increase in spending and its potential implications for the federal deficit. Its passage marked another critical milestone in Democrats’ complex economic agenda, which includes new public-works investments that Republicans support — and a slew of additional policy proposals that the GOP does not.
“The Democratic budget will bring a generational transformation for how our economy works for average Americans,” Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer said after the vote.
Chiefly written by Sen. Bernie Sanders , the $3.5 trillion blueprint sets in motion Democrats’ plans to expand Medicare, combat climate change and boost federal safety net programs, including those that target children and low-income parents. It paves the way for universal prekindergarten and new family leave benefits, and it aims to help immigrants obtain legal permanent residency status. Democrats aspire to finance the array of new initiatives through tax increases targeting wealthy families and profitable corporations, undoing the rate cuts imposed under President Donald Trump.
How Mitch Mcconnell And Senate Republicans Learned To Stop Worrying About A Biden Victory And Love The Infrastructure Bill
What happened Tuesday in the Senate might seem like nothing short of a political miracle: Nineteen Republican senators, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, joined with Democrats to pass a $1?trillion infrastructure bill, advancing President Biden’s top domestic priority.
But those Republicans said there was nothing mystical about it. The vote was the result of a carefully calibrated alignment of interests, one shepherded and ultimately supported by a group of senators isolated from the immediate pressures of the GOP voter base, which remains loyal to former president Donald Trump, who repeatedly urged the bill’s defeat.
Among those interests is a strategic one, McConnell and other Republicans said. By joining with Democrats in an area of mutual accord, they are seeking to demonstrate that the Senate can function in a polarized political environment. That, they believe, can deflate a Democratic push to undo the filibuster — the 60-vote supermajority rule than can allow a minority to block most legislation — while setting up a stark contrast as Democrats move alone on a $3.5?trillion economic package.
“I’ve never felt that we ought to be perceived as being opposed to everything,” McConnell said in an interview Tuesday, before commenting on the slender nature of the Democratic congressional majorities, then rattling off bipartisan bills that passed during his time as party leader under two previous presidents.
List Of 17 Cowardly Republicans Who Voted To Break Filibuster And Allow Massive Infrastructure Bill To Come To Floor
The so-called “infrastructure” bill is expected to be around $1.2 trillion over eight years with roughly $550 billion in new spending, but details on key components were still being worked out. Some procedural steps still lie ahead before the final passage.
CNN correspondent Manu Raju tweeted about the 17 cowardly Republicans who voted this afternoon to advance Biden’s climate change infrastructure bill to the Senate floor:
67-32, 17 Senate Republicans voted to break a filibuster and proceeed to the bipartisan infrastructure plan. All Democrats voted yes. Measure expected to be on the floor for at least a week and bipartisan coalition will have to deal with amendment process
— Manu Raju July 28, 2021
“Clearing the Fog” clarified why this bill is not a done deal:
Just to be clear, the infrastructure bill has not been passed. 17Republicans agreed to break the filibuster, and allow it to come to the floor. It isn’t nearly over.
Just to be clear, the infrastructure bill has not been passed.
17 Republicans agreed to break the filibuster, and allow it to come to the floor.
It isn’t nearly over. https://t.co/7LcB7mw17d
— ClearingTheFog July 28, 2021
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Conservative Fox News host Laura Ingraham also tweeted about the vote by the feckless Republicans who continue to sell the future of our children down the river:
Democrats Close Ranks Behind New President As Republicans Accuse Him Of Undermining Promises Of Bipartisanship
House Democrats voted Wednesday to set the stage for party-line approval of President Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill, heeding the president’s calls for swift action on his first big agenda item — but without the bipartisan unity he promised.
The 218-to-212 nearly party-line vote approved a budget bill that would unlock special rules in the Senate allowing Biden’s relief package to pass with a simple majority, instead of the 60 votes usually needed. The Senate is expected to take action on the same legislation later in the week.
With the budget resolutions in place, Democrats would be able to get to work in earnest on writing Biden’s proposed relief bill into law — and ultimately pass it without any Republican votes if necessary, though they continued to insist that is not their preference.
Biden said Wednesday that “I think we’ll get some Republicans.” He made the remark as he met in the Oval Office with Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and the Senate committee chairs who will be responsible for writing the legislation.
Earlier Wednesday, the president told House Democrats on a conference call: “We need to act. … We need to act fast,” according to two people on the call who spoke on the condition of anonymity to relay his comments.
“It’s about who the hell we are as a country,” Biden said on the call.
Nine Democrats Call For Prioritizing Vote On Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill At Odds With Pelosis Timeline
WASHINGTON—A group of centrist House Democrats threatened to block a vote on approved by the Senate this week until a bipartisan infrastructure bill is passed, highlighting the predicament Democratic leaders face trying to keep dueling factions of the party united around both pieces of legislation.
In a letter sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday, nine House Democrats said they “will not consider voting for a budget resolution until” the House approves a roughly $1 trillion infrastructure bill passed Tuesday in the Senate and it is signed into law.
“With the livelihood of hardworking American families at stake, we simply can’t afford months of unnecessary delays and risk squandering this once-in-a-century, bipartisan infrastructure package,” the lawmakers wrote.
That position puts them squarely at odds with the timeline mapped out by Mrs. Pelosi, who has repeatedly said she wouldn’t bring the infrastructure bill to the House floor until the Senate has passed the broader budget package now being crafted. Mrs. Pelosi’s office didn’t immediately respond to the letter.
Lawmakers Cite Concerns About Elimination Of State And Local Tax Deductions As Reform Framework Is Oked
ALBANY — U.S. Reps. John Faso and Elise Stefanik voted against the federal budget resolution on Thursday, joining 18 of their GOP colleagues in opposition to the budget blueprint. The resolution was approved by a razor-thin 216-212 margin, taking a step toward a tax code rewrite that Democratic officials have warned will have dire consequences for New Yorkers.
The budget resolution — approved by the U.S. Senate last week — includes the framework to allow the Senate to approve a tax plan with only 51 votes, thereby precluding the possibility of a Democratic filibuster.
President Donald Trump and other Republicans have pushed for an elimination of state and local tax deductions as part of tax reform.
Some New York officials, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo, have decried that move, saying it amounts to unconstitutional double taxation.
Faso, who represents the 19th Congressional District, said in a statement he could not vote for a budget that paves the way for the elimination of the SALT deductions.
Stefanik, who represents the 21st Congressional District, similarly cited concerns about the elimination of the SALT deductions.
Cuomo said that Stefanik, Faso and the other five New York House Republicans who voted against the resolution “understand the dire and devastating consequences to our middle class families and our economy.”
Former Us Attorney In Atlanta Says Trump Wanted To Fire Him For Not Backing Election Fraud Claims
Mr. Pak, who provided more than three hours of closed-door testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, stepped down with no notice on Jan. 4, saying that he had done his best “to be thoughtful and consistent, and to provide justice for my fellow citizens in a fair, effective and efficient manner.”
While he did not discuss Mr. Trump’s role in his decision to resign at the time, he told the Senate panel that the president had been dismayed that Mr. Pak had investigated allegations of voter fraud in Fulton County, Ga., and not found evidence to support them, according to the person familiar with the statements.
Mr. Pak testified that top department officials had made clear that Mr. Trump intended to fire him over his refusal to say that the results in Georgia had been undermined by voter fraud, the person said. Resigning would pre-empt a public dismissal.
He also described work done by state officials and the F.B.I. to vet Mr. Trump’s claims of voter fraud, and said they had not found evidence to support those allegations.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is examining Mr. Pak’s departure as part of its broader investigation into the final weeks of the Trump administration and the White House’s efforts to pressure the Justice Department to falsely assert that the election was corrupt. The Justice Department’s inspector general is also looking at Mr. Pak’s resignation.
Senate Approves $35t Budget Plan That Would Expand Health Care Education And Climate Initiatives
WASHINGTON — The Senate passed a sweeping Democratic budget resolution along party lines early Wednesday that would make it possible to expand Medicare, education and environmental measures largely through higher taxes on the wealthy and corporations.
The $3.5 trillion blueprint to pave the way for the massive social safety net expansion was adopted in a 50-49 vote after more than 14 hours of debate on a myriad of amendments.
Leaving the Capitol after the marathon “vote-a-rama,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said, “Well it’s been quite a night. Look, we still have a ways to go, and we’ve taken a giant step forward toward transforming America.”
House To Vote On $19 Trillion Covid Relief Bill This Week As Senate Considers Minimum Wage Hike
February 24, 2021 / 2:12 PM / CBS News
Washington — The House is expected to approve President Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief proposal later this week in a party-line vote, after the House Budget Committee advanced the bill on Monday. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced Tuesday evening that the House would vote on the legislation on Friday.
Although the narrow Democratic majority in the House will likely pass the bill as is, it’s unclear whether a provision raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025 will be included in the final Senate version of the legislation.
The bill, which includes $1,400 in direct payments to Americans making under $75,000, extra money for vaccine distribution and funding to state and local governments, was approved by the Budget Committee on Monday by a vote of 19 to 16. Congressman Lloyd Doggett was the sole Democrat to join Republicans in voting against the bill, although a spokesperson for Doggett later said in a statement that his “no” vote was a mistake and he “supports the COVID-19 relief legislation.”
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters on Tuesday that he believed the final bill would be passed by March 14, which is the day that enhanced unemployment benefits established by relief legislation passed at the end of last year are set to expire.
“I haven’t seen a Republican yet that found something in there that they would agree with,” McCarthy said.
Did The White House Knowingly Leave Afghanistan In Chaos If So What Are The Possible Outcomes
The reader may feel by now that they are bursting to say that all this has to do with the attitude of Trump and his supporters, namely, that they do not want to cast those resisting the insurrection as valued heroes. But it is interesting that the fights over this spending largely avoids being being bluntly cast explicitly as “for” or “against” branding the action as horrendous. That tone is there, but not just tough words. One may doubt that the issue is far from the thinking or calculations of the Congressmen thinking about the appropriation, but the exchanges are carried out in a verbal code fitting the appropriation world.
Senator Richard Shelby, the top Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee, finally proposed a supplemental appropriation bill smaller than the Democrats in the House or Senate. It does provide money for the Capitol Police salaries. However, it allocated far less funding to the Architect of the Capitol, and none for the National Park Service. Apparently, Senate Republicans are proposing to release the funding being withheld for the Capitol Police, but only in return for dropping the projects to harden the security of the Capitol.
Senator Shelby said “We should pass now what we all agree on: the Capitol Police and National Guard are running out of money, the clock is ticking, and we need to take care of them.” He indicated that projects to defend the Capitol were in a lesser category.
As Redistricting Process Begins Advocates Push For States To Keep Lgbtq Communities In Mind
A national organization dedicated to increasing the number of L.G.B.T.Q. Americans who hold elected office began an effort on Wednesday to lobby states and localities to keep gay neighborhoods united as they begin the once-a-decade process of redrawing congressional districts and other political boundaries.
The group, the L.G.B.T.Q. Victory Fund, will push entities tasked with redistricting to consider gay communities as “communities of interest,” or populations with shared political priorities. Its campaign, called “We Belong Together,” was announced a day before the Census Bureau is expected to release data that will be used to inform redistricting.
“We’re a distinct population, and our voices need to be heard in government,” said Sean Meloy, the vice president of political programs at the Victory Fund. “We’re trying to empower more people to make that argument to their respective redistricting entity.”
According to a poll by Gallup, 5.6 percent of Americans identify as L.G.B.T.Q. But fewer than 1,000 elected officials in the United States — less than 0.2 percent — are openly gay, according to the L.G.B.T.Q. Victory Institute. And some areas where L.G.B.T.Q. residents are a higher percentage of the population, like Washington, D.C., have no openly gay representatives.
Activists cite that seat as evidence that a focus on redistricting is not only effective but can lead to a trickle-up effect in terms of political representation.
House Dems Tell Pelosi They Wont Vote On Budget Resolution Till Infrastructure Bill Passes
Nine moderate House Democrats told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that they won’t vote on a budget resolution that lays out $3.5 trillion in spending until an infrastructure bill passes, the Associated Press reported.
The resistance is another hurdle for the proposed spending legislation, established as one of President Joe Biden‘s main priorities since taking office.
The House remains narrowly divided along party lines, and many Republicans are anticipated to resist the legislation. Democrats can lose only three votes and still prevail in finalizing the resolution without Republican support.
“We will not consider voting for a budget resolution until the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passes the House and is signed into law,” the nine centrist Democrats wrote in a letter to Pelosi, obtained Friday by AP.
For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.
The centrists’ threat directly defies Pelosi’s announced plans, and she is showing no signs of backing down. It also completes a two-sided squeeze on the California Democrat, who has received similar pressure from her party’s progressives.
Congressional passage of the budget resolution seems certain because without it, Senate Republicans would be able to use a filibuster, or procedural delays, to kill a follow-up $3.5 trillion measure bolstering social safety net and climate change programs. That measure, not expected until autumn, represents the heart of Biden’s domestic agenda.
Negotiators Say They Expect To Make Significant Progress By Monday On Details Of The Plan
WASHINGTON—Senate Republicans blocked an effort to begin debate on a bipartisan infrastructure deal still under negotiation Wednesday, but lawmakers said they expected to close in on a final agreement by early next week.
The vote failed, with 49 in favor and 51 against, short of the 60 needed to open debate. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer switched his vote to no, which he said gave him the option to bring the bill up again.
Senate Democratic leaders had hoped to start the process Wednesday of moving both the infrastructure bill and a separate $3.5 trillion package of child care, education, antipoverty and climate provisions expected to pass with only Democratic votes.
On Wednesday night, President Biden said he remained confident that the Senate will vote next week to move forward with consideration of the bill. “I think we’re going to get it done,” Mr. Biden said during a CNN town hall in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mr. Biden said Wednesday’s failed procedural vote was irrelevant.
The failed vote Wednesday pushed the timeline for both deeper into the summer, although lawmakers involved in the infrastructure negotiations said they expected to have enough of an agreement in place to move forward by Monday, if Senate Democratic leaders agree to schedule another vote.
How Congressional Republicans Maneuver Against Funding The Capitol Police For January 6
A highly complex series of maneuvers is occurring in the Congress about the little-known “legislative branch appropriation” which funds operations on Capitol Hill, including the Capitol Police. The issues come from the January 6 insurrection. Congressional Republicans are attempting to hold hostage vital funding for the Capitol Police, by resisting supplemental funds relating to that day. Congressional Democrats are trying to free up the vitally needed funds to pay the overtime for the police, as well as other funds for hardening the Capitol site against the new attacks. Right now the funding situation is perilous for the Capitol Police.
The situation starts with the Congress passing its spending bill last year to pay for the entire Capitol complex, including the Capitol Police and a projection of their expected overtime. As it was dryly put, Congress did not budget for the January 6 insurrection. Who knew? Everything spent on dealing with that insurrection went beyond budgeted-for projections.
As the Senate Appropriations Chair, Patrick Leahy , said Friday, July 9, “without action the Capitol Police will go without payment for the hours of overtime they have incurred, without proper equipment, and without sufficient mental health services to deal with the continued trauma from that day.” This is not off in the distance. House appropriators noted that the salaries account for the Capitol Police would be exhausted in August.
Youtube Suspends Rand Paul For A Week Over A Video Disputing The Effectiveness Of Masks
YouTube on Tuesday removed a video by Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky for the second time and suspended him from publishing for a week after he posted a video that disputed the effectiveness of wearing masks to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
A YouTube representative said the Republican senator’s claims in the three-minute video had violated the company’s policy on Covid-19 medical misinformation. bans videos that spread a wide variety of misinformation, including “claims that masks do not play a role in preventing the contraction or transmission of Covid-19.”
“We apply our policies consistently across the platform, regardless of speaker or political views, and we make exceptions for videos that have additional context such as countervailing views from local health authorities,” the representative said in a statement.
In the video, Mr. Paul says: “Most of the masks you get over the counter don’t work. They don’t prevent infection.” Later in the video, he adds, “Trying to shape human behavior isn’t the same as following the actual science, which tells us that cloth masks don’t work.”
In fact, masks do work, according to the near-unanimous recommendations of public health experts.
On Tuesday, Twitter suspended Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, Republican of Georgia, for seven days after she posted that the Food and Drug Administration should not give the coronavirus vaccines full approval and that the vaccines were “failing.”
Top Republican: Gop Wont Help Raise Debt Limit To Fund $35 Trillion Spending Package
The top Senate Republican pledged Monday to oppose a massive spending package Democrats plan to greenlight in a budget vote this week.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, warned Monday that Senate Republicans would not only vote against the spending package, but they would also oppose a measure to raise the nation’s borrowing limit.
“Democrats have all the existing tools they need to raise the debt limit on a partisan basis,” McConnell said. “If they want 50 lockstep Democratic votes to spend trillions and trillions more, they can find 50 Democratic votes to finance it. If they don’t want Republicans’ input. They don’t need our help.”
Senate Democrats Monday unveiled a $3.5 trillion spending framework that would fund social programs the party believes will boost the middle class, lower taxes, and help create jobs.
The measure would pay for universal preschool, free community college, expanded Medicare benefits and child tax credits, and more. It would also provide a pathway to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrant farmworkers and their families.
Democrats plan to approve the bill without help from Republicans by using a budgetary tactic that would allow the bill to pass with 51 votes instead of the usual 60 votes.
The vote to unlock that procedure is expected to take place this week after the Senate passes a $1.2 trillion, bipartisan infrastructure bill.
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Budget And Infrastructure Bills Have Been Top Priorities For Us President Joe Biden
The U.S. Senate approved a $3.5-trillion US spending blueprint for President Joe Biden’s top priorities early on Wednesday morning in a 50-49 vote along party lines after lawmakers sparred over the need for huge spending to fight climate change and poverty.
The vote marks the start of weeks of debate within Biden’s Democratic Party about priorities including universal preschool, affordable housing and climate-friendly technologies.
With narrow majorities in both chambers of Congress, Democrats will need to craft a package that will win the support of both progressives such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who want robust action on climate change, and moderates including Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, who has expressed concern at the size of the bill.
The vote followed about 14½ hours of debate that started right after the Senate on Tuesday passed a $1-trillion US infrastructure bill in a bipartisan 69-30 vote, proposing to make the nation’s biggest investment in decades in roads, bridges, airports and waterways.
“It’s been quite a night. We still have a ways to go, but we’ve taken a giant step forward to transforming America,” Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters after the budget resolution passed. “This is the most significant piece of legislation that’s been considered in decades.”
These 35 Senate Republicans Voted Against Moving Forward With January 6 Commission
Senate Republicans on Friday blocked moving forward with a bill to create a commission to investigate the riot at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, with 35 conservative members voting against it.
Just six GOP senators broke ranks with the party to support advancing the January 6 commission, including Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Rob Portman of Ohio, Mitt Romney of Utah and Ben Sasse of Nebraska.
Eleven senators were not present for the vote, including nine Republicans. A spokesperson for Republican Sen. Patrick Toomey said he missed the vote due to a “family commitment” but he “would have voted in favor of the motion.”
“We have a mob overtake the Capitol, and we can’t get the Republicans to join us in making historic record of that event? That is sad,” Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin said ahead of the vote. “That tells you what’s wrong with the Senate and what’s wrong with the filibuster.”
The formation of a January 6 commission, which would be modeled off the probe that took place after the 9/11 attacks, has been delayed for months over negotiations about the panel’s make-up and scope.
Some Republican lawmakers, including House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, oppose the bill because they want the committee to also investigate far-left forms of political violence. Other lawmakers, such as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, have slammed the bill as a “purely political exercise.”
Republicans Oust Liz Cheney From Party Leadership For Telling Truth About Election
Republicans voted during an internal party meeting on Wednesday morning to remove Cheney from her position as House Republican Conference chair, the third-highest rank among Republicans in the House of Representatives. They removed her via voice vote soon after the meeting commenced, meaning no member went on the record.
The decision won’t silence Cheney, she told reporters after the meeting.
“We must go forward based on truth,” Cheney said. “We cannot both embrace the big lie and the Constitution.”
“I will do everything I can to ensure that the former president never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office,” Cheney added.
Ahead of the meeting, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy had made it clear that Cheney should get the boot, saying in a letter to members that “our leadership team cannot afford to be distracted from the important work that we were elected to do.”
The distraction? The plain truth. In recent weeks, Cheney has been increasingly vocal about the validity of the 2020 election and Donald Trump inciting the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.
“The 2020 presidential election was not stolen,” Cheney tweeted last week in response to the disgraced ex-president. “Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system.”
Elise Foley contributed reporting.
Texas Republicans Order The Arrest Of Democrats Who Fled To Block Gop Voting Bill
AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas House of Representatives on Tuesday authorized state law enforcement to round up and potentially arrest absentee Democrats who fled the Republican-led chamber to block action on polarizing election legislation.
The 80-12 vote empowered the House sergeant-at-arms to dispatch law enforcement officers to compel the attendance of missing members “under warrant of arrest, if necessary.”
After the vote, Dade Phelan, the speaker of the Texas House, signed 52 civil arrest warrants which will be delivered to the House Sergeant-at-Arms Wednesday morning for service, Enrique Marquez, the speaker’s communications director, said in an email.
The move by the Texas House, sitting in Austin, came hours after the all-Republican Texas Supreme Court, acting on a petition by Gov. Greg Abbott and Mr. Phelan, overturned an earlier ruling. That ruling, from a district court in Austin’s home county of Travis, had determined that the two officials, both Republicans, did not have the authority to order the arrest of their fellow elected officials.
Tuesday’s vote was the second time in recent weeks that Texas House Republicans raised the threat of law enforcement action to compel the presence of the more than four dozen Democrats who bolted the chamber during the final hours of the 2021 legislative session in May to rob the House of a quorum and so block the passage of a restrictive election measure.
Many Republicans Are Perfectly Fine With Extra Unemployment Benefits Disappearing
WASHINGTON ? As Senate Republicanstry to advance a coronavirus relief bill with only $200 a week in extra unemployment benefits ? down from the expiring $600 ? many House Republicans are signaling that they’re opposed to any extra money at all.
“Zero is the number for me,” Rep. Roger Williams told HuffPost on Wednesday.
Several of Williams’ House GOP colleagues also questioned whether the federal government should be providing any additional money to state unemployment benefits as more than 25 million people on Saturday will lose the stipend the federal government has been kicking in since March.
“Too much is $1 over what they would make if they had a job,” Rep. Jason Smith said.
Rep. Austin Scott claimed the majority of people thought it was a good idea to not have any “bonus unemployment” .
Rep. Steven Palazzo said it should be left up to each state’s governor, meaning the federal government shouldn’t be handing out extra money. And Rep. Ralph Norman said he would prefer a payroll tax cut over added unemployment benefits, though he also said he wouldn’t vote for a $1 trillion bill like Senate Republicans were offering ? let alone a $3 trillion bill like the one House Democrats passed in May.
“I’m not sure that we should be adding to a state’s unemployment,” said Rep. Andy Biggs head of the Freedom Caucus whose members consist of the House GOP’s most conservative members.
“But when it comes to poor people, they’re like, ‘Screw ‘em,’” he said.