Daily US Times: Republicans rallied solidly Wednesday against Democrats’ proposed $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package as lawmakers awaited a decision by the Senate’s parliamentarian that could bolster or potentially kill a pivotal provision hiking the federal minimum wage.
Despite their paper-thin congressional majorities, leaders of the Democratic Party were poised to push the sweeping package through the House on Friday. They were hoping the Senate would follow quickly enough to have legislation on President Joe Biden’s desk by mid-March.
By late Wednesday, not one Republican in either House or Senate had publicly said he or she would back the legislation. Republican leaders were honing attacks on the package as a job killer that does too little to reopen schools or businesses shuttered for the Covid pandemic and that was not only wasteful but also even unscrupulous.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. said: “I haven’t seen a Republican yet that’s found something in there that they agree with,”
“I think all Republicans believe in three simple things: They want a bill that puts us back to work, back to school and back to health. This bill is too costly, too corrupt and too liberal,” he added.
The hardening opposition suggested that President Biden’s first major legislative initiative could encounter unanimous GOP opposition. That was a counterpoint to the new president’s refrain during his campaign about bringing the country together and a replay of the Republican wall that new President Barack Obama encountered in 2009 and most of his administration.
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