Psaki: Bipartisanship For New COVID Relief Bill Preferable, But Not Necessary
New White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki recently stated that the Biden administration would prefer negotiations for a new COVID-19 relief bill be bipartisan, but noted that Democrats are also prepared to enact economic stimulus legislation completely on their own as well.
In other words, negotiate and come to terms we like, or we’ll just ram what we want down your throat anyway. How can this possibly be a bipartisan negotiation?
In her first press briefing of Joe Biden’s presidency, Psaki said it’s the administration’s “clear preference” to hammer out a deal that includes Republican lawmakers. But she alluded to other legislative tools, such as budget reconciliation, a Senate parliamentary move requiring a bill to win support from a majority of lawmakers, rather than the 60 it takes to overcome a filibuster.
Another possibility is ending the legislative filibuster altogether, a possibility Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is trying to take off the table as he negotiates a power-sharing agreement in the Senate, split 50-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking ties.
Biden, previously a 36-year Delaware senator and two-term vice president, “is no stranger to the process of deal-making,” Psaki said. The president’s “clear preference” is for a bipartisan deal, Psaki said.
Psaki then warned that the administration isn’t going to “take any tools off the table.”
Biden revealed his coronavirus package earlier in the month, which is going to add trillions of dollars to the national debt, as well as make the minimum wage $15 an hour.
Again, Democrats prove they are economically illiterate. If you raise the minimum wage, the cost of this hike gets passed off to the consumer in the form of higher prices for goods and services. Which inevitably causes a hike in the cost of living, negating the raise altogether.
Why is this so hard to grasp?