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Biden Sides With Republicans Wage Bill Rule

This alliance may be seen on a frequent basis.

Just as in the recent Syria strike, Joe Biden lined up with Republicans in opposing a Senate rule change on the $15 minimum wage hike. That makes Democrat leftists furious and they spoke out Friday.

FNC: “President Biden is disappointed in this outcome, as he proposed having the $15 minimum wage as part of the American Rescue Plan,” Press Secretary Jen Psaki said. ‘He respects the parliamentarian’s decision and the Senate’s process.’

House Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., lashed out at Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough Friday after she rejected a progressive-backed proposal to include a federal minimum wage hike in President Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, suggesting she might have to go over the decision. .MacDonough, a nonpartisan Senate official, determined that Biden’s plan to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour was out of order under special budget reconciliation rules Democrats enacted to speed passage of the bill. Ocasio-Cortez and Omar, both members of the progressive Squad, both indicated consideration should be given to removing her from her post over the decision.” Leftists were quick to decry the decision by the Senate parliamentarian and the White House.

“I think the parliamentarian was wrong on this call, and I — when you hear the arguments put forth by not just [Sen. Bernie Sanders’] team, but overall, you know, I think this was, I think this was a really wrong decision, even just on its merits,” Rep. Adam Ocasio-Cortez told reporters on Friday.” All options should be on the table.”

“I certainly do think that there should be either an override or replacement,” Rep. Ilhan Omar said. “This is our time to fight for the American people and we must do everything that we can.” “Replace her or overrule, whichever they can do, because this needs to get done,” she added. “There are no more excuses.”

“Democrats should not be held hostage by Mitch McConnell to help struggling families,” Senator Elizabeth Warren tweeted. “It is time to get rid of the filibuster to raise the minimum wage to $15 and pass the other bold policies that Americans voted for us to deliver.”

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“We cannot allow the advisory opinion of an unelected parliamentarian and Republican obstructionism stop us from delivering on our promise to voters,” the Democrat Left Wing caucus tweeted Thursday night. “Workers are counting on us to #FightFor15 and finally #RaiseTheWage for millions.”

“The White House and Senate leadership can and should still include the minimum wage increase in the bill,” Rep. Jayapal said in a statement. “We simply cannot go back … to the voters who delivered us the White House and the Senate majority and tell them that an unelected parliamentarian advised us – based on arcane rules – that we could not raise the minimum wage as we promised.”

But Republicans, interestingly in tune with the Democrat White House, had the last word. “This decision reinforces reconciliation cannot be used as a vehicle to pass major legislative change — by either party — on a simple majority vote,” Senator Lindsey Graham wrote on Twitter. On this it was the GOP, moderate Democrats, and the White House versus left wing Democrats. You may see this alliance again.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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