Sunday, February 28, 2021

Kevin McCarthy- California

 Ahead of the vote on President Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package, lawmakers have offered an array of misleading claims to promote their position on the bill. Here’s a fact check of some common talking points.

NYT. Linda Qui,  Feb 28, 2021. Page A 23

Republicans mischaracterized elements of the bill.


“This is supposed to be a Covid bill. Only 9 percent of it goes to Covid.” — Representative Kevin McCarthy, Republican of California and the House minority leader, in an interview this week on Fox News.

This is misleading. A spokeswoman for Mr. McCarthy said that the 9 percent referred to the $160 billion for a national vaccination program, expanded testing and a public health jobs program, as outlined by the Biden administration. In other words, 8.4 percent, or $160 billion of the $1.9 trillion package, is allocated specifically to fighting the coronavirus.

But that is a rather narrow interpretation of pandemic-related funding. The bill also includes other health care spending like subsidizing insurance coverage for laid-off workers, extending paid sick leave and funding for veterans care.

And like the first two relief bills signed by President Donald J. Trump and an alternate measure proposed this year by 10 Republican lawmakers, much of the Biden plan is devoted to providing financial help to families and businesses harmed by the economic effects of the pandemic. The $1,400 stimulus checks and extension of unemployment benefits are the two biggest single expenditures, according to a breakdown by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

Friday, February 26, 2021

Sanders on the $15 per hour minimum wage fight

 In a disgraceful decision, the Senate Parliamentarian ruled yesterday that raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour could not be done through budget reconciliation. The House is voting right now and we are pushing to make sure $15 stays in the COVID Relief Package.

Duane, the fight for $15 is not over. Vice President Harris can and should overrule the unelected Parliamentarian’s decision — but if that doesn’t happen, Democrats MUST abolish the filibuster to get a $15 minimum wage done.

Struggling working people across the country donated their time and money last year to help Democrats win the Senate and White House — Democrats now have no excuse not to use every tool they have to get the bare minimum done for working people.

Our Revolution members have been actively organizing actions to demand a more just minimum wage, and this blow means we only need to scale up more. Can we count on you to pitch in to help us keep fighting to raise the minimum wage?