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Manish Saini
Manish works as a Journalist and writer at Revyuh.com. He has studied Political Science and graduated from Delhi University. He is a Political engineer, fascinated by politics, and traditional businesses. He is also attached to many NGO's in the country and helping poor children to get the basic education. Email: Manish (at) revyuh (dot) com

Democrats in the House of Representatives were about to pass a $1.9 trillion pandemic assistance plan Friday night even as party leaders tried to guarantee concerning progressives that they would resurrect their failed proposal to raise the minimum wage.

A block virtual vote was expected in the lower house on the broad extent, embodied by President Joe Biden’s plan to inject money into individuals, businesses, states and cities, all affected by COVID-19. If approved, the measure will be taken over to the Senate, where Democrats could try to revive their demand to raise the minimum, although disputes could arise over state assistance and other issues.

Democrats said the wobbly economy and half a million American lives demand decisive action and that GOP lawmakers are out of tune with an audience that polls mainly sees the bill favorably.

“I’m a happy person in your trailer tonight,” Said California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters. “This is what America needs. Republicans, you must be a part of this. But if we don’t, we’re going without you.”

Republicans said the initiative was too costly, slowly squandering money to quickly reopen schools, which is full of gifts to Democratic electorates, such as unions, and channel resources to troubled pension systems and other irrelevant projects to combat the pandemic.

“Before we ask future generations to give us another $2 trillion to pay for these liberal promises, at least let’s have the integrity to admit that COVID isn’t important in this,” Arkansas Republican Rep. Steve Womack said.

This division is turning the dispute into a confrontation over which party voters will be rewarded for accumulating more federal spending to fight the coronavirus and reactivating the economy above the $4 trillion approved last year.

The dispute also looms as an initial test of Biden’s ability to maintain cohesion among his party’s fragile legislative majorities: just 10 votes in the lower house and a Senate divided into 50-50 equal benches.

Independent House legislator Elizabeth MacDonough said Senate rules force the increase in the federal minimum wage to be discarded from the COVID-19 initiative, sending the proposal to direct intubation. The measure would gradually raise the minimum to $15 an hour in 2025, double the $7.25 in force since 2009.

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