House Democrats Say Stimulus Bill ‘Meets the Moment’

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House Democrats Say Stimulus Bill ‘Meets the Moment’

House Democrats are close to approving President Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus plan despite the Senate parliamentarian’s ruling that including a gradual increase to the federal minimum wage would violate budgetary rules.

“Just this week, a poll, 76 percent of the American people support the bill, 60 percent of Republicans. You see everyone from the chairman of the Fed to major business groups, 150 C.E.O.s, to education groups, to labor groups. You can’t name really one aspect of society that has not gotten behind this piece of legislation. So we believe that this is something that is — it meets the moment. This bill meets the moment, meets the challenge, and we think it’s a great victory for the American people and will get us finally out of this terrible crisis that we’ve been facing.” “We will not rest until we pass the $15 minimum wage. We have been engaged in the fight for 15 for a long time. This is legislation that affects overwhelming — a majority of women. Over 60 percent of the people making minimum wage are women. Many are moms. And it is so essential for us to do this. And whether it happens when we send this over there, we are sending it — as a symbol of a difference it will make in the lives of the American people. But not just a symbol, but as a solid proposal.”

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