We learned that soon after Biden entered office, Democrats decided to go rogue.
Instead of cooperating with Republicans to craft a new COVID bill, they were going to force the issue. Democrats are using the reconciliation method to cram Biden’s agenda into the current budget.
This move eliminates the need to get Republican approval, as it prevents the minority party from filibustering.
One part of their plan will cost over 1 million American jobs. Even the CBO warned it was a bad idea.
But Pelosi just revealed it was going in.
NEW: Speaker Pelosi says the coronavirus relief bill that House plans to send to Senate will include a minimum wage increase to $15/hour. pic.twitter.com/fBl5hbFjTb
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) February 11, 2021
NEW: Speaker Pelosi says the coronavirus relief bill that House plans to send to Senate will include a minimum wage increase to $15/hour.
Instead of passing legislation that could create new jobs, end lockdowns, or even provide a small stimulus, Democrats have decided to force a minimum wage hike.
We’ve discussed in the past how a wage hike looks good on paper, but will quickly result in lost jobs.
Companies that cannot afford a huge jump from $7.50 an hour to $15 will be forced to fire people. Other companies will make do with less staff, lower quality work, and longer waits for customers.
(All of which could impact their business.)
Democrats claim big companies can “afford” a wage hike. But they ignore the fact that even franchise restaurants are owned by local business owners. And they certainly don’t have “billions” to pay these higher wages.
We can also go on and on about how the government forcing private businesses to pay a certain amount to workers smacks of socialism. Of course, Democrats wouldn’t listen.
Even in the face of non-partisan studies telling them it will not work, Democrats are forcing it through anyway.
Pelosi revealed the wage hike would be going into the bill they are sending to the Senate. Because they are using the “nuclear option,” Republicans won’t be able to filibuster it.
The only way it fails is if a few moderate Democrats (maybe Manchin or Sinema) will vote against it. But even these “moderates” often crumble to party pressure.
The only silver lining is that if this measure goes through, the Democrats will have to own it. It will be their fault that millions of Americans lose their jobs.
Do they really think they will hold onto Congress in 2022, then?
- Nancy Pelosi announced a $15/hour wage hike was going into the House’s bill.
- The CBO and other experts warned the hike would cost America 1 million jobs.
- Democrats are forcing their COVID plan through without Republican support.