(ConservativePeak.com)- Over the weekend, the Democrat-led House of Representatives passed President Joe Biden’s massive $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package.
The measure passed 219-212, mostly along party lines. No Republicans voted for the passage of the bill, while two Democrats voted against it — Jared Golden from Maine and Kurt Schrader from Oregon.
So much for Biden wanting to bring the country together and work on a bipartisan basis in Washington.
The stimulus package will now head to the Senate, where it must pass through budget reconciliation. That process will allow the bill to be passed with just a simple majority, rather than the typical 60 votes needed to avoid a filibuster. This is extremely important to the Democrats, as it’s very unlikely that any Republican Senators will vote in favor of the bill.
Making matters more complicated for the Democrats is that the House decided to leave in a provision to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour. The problem is that the Senate parliamentarian has already ruled that it can’t be part of reconciliation, so Democrats must strip that out of their version of the bill before passing it.
If they do end up doing so, then, the bill would have to head back to the House for a final vote before heading to Biden’s desk for a final signature.
The bill is a massive outlay of new spending for a country that has already spent trillions of dollars on economic relief during the pandemic. That’s the main reason why all Republicans, and even some Democrats, voted against the measure.
In a statement released Saturday after the vote, Golden said he voted against the measure because he “won’t support trillions more in funding that is poorly targeted or in many cases not necessary at this moment in time.”
Among his concerns are extending the child care tax credit, saying that measures like that don’t belong in what is now an emergency spending bill. He also is concerned about the “compounding effect of the spending decisions of the past year.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell blasted Democrats for what they’re doing with this bill. In a statement Saturday, he said:
“Tonight, House Democrats snapped that bipartisan streak. They jammed through a bill that even liberal economists and editorial boards say is not well targeted to this stage of the fight. More than a third of its spending, including more than 90% of K-12 school funding, would not even go out this fiscal year.”
McConnell also blasted the Biden administration for refusing to work with Republicans, even though he promised he would.
“After Republicans led five bipartisan bills last year, Democrats have chosen the polar opposite. When Senate Republicans went to the White House to suggest cooperation, President Biden’s team said no thanks. The White House Chief of Staff admits this liberal wish-list is ‘the most progressive domestic legislation in a generation.’ So much for common sense and common ground.
“The House’s partisan vote reflects a deliberately partisan process and a missed opportunity to meet Americans’ needs.”