Kudos to Wyden and Sanders for thinking outside the box. There are many ways to ensure that the workers whose labor creates wealth for business owners and investors get to keep that wealth for themselves and their children, including this possibility or attaching it to another bill.
Undermining the rules of our democracy was what Trump and Republicans did. If we want to save our democracy, we have to show how to make Congress functional again. #RaiseTheWage
Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are forging ahead with a backup plan after the Senate parliamentarian ruled out the minimum wage:
Much could have been done to soften the blow if for the first eleven months of the pandemic we hadn't had incompetent leadership from the former guy. So if it seems it's taking awhile, which it will, don't forget that.
To correct the economy, this country needs to create jobs that fix or work to fix our most pressing problems: infrastructure, Superfund site clean up, waste/recycling issues, alternative fuels, electric vehicles...these issues and others would create millions of jobs, thus providing these companies listed in this story the ability to have customers.
Step one is passing Biden’s American Rescue Plan.
The wave of covid bankruptcies has begun:
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Net Neutrality also needs restored, whose abolition by GOP puppet Pai only served to reinforce providers' monopolies.
That said, I applaud these subsidies and the efforts to make them permanent, too. For better or worse (*cough* social media), the 'net has become an integral part of modern life, to the point that being excluded from it not only makes it harder to keep in touch with society, but also find employment and increase education.
Society needs to ensure a level playing field.
Millions of low-income Americans to get up to $50 subsidies for their monthly Internet bills under newly finalized U.S. program:
Xavier Becerra didn't set out to sue nuns. The nuns volunteered to join the case later and the COURT let them. If anyone, Senator Thune should be blaming the judge for suing nuns.
And even so, why shouldn't nuns be sued? Especially if they interfere with the rights of non-Catholic Americans?
Analysis | Biden’s pick for HHS sued the Trump administration, not a group of nuns:
WandaVision S1E8 discussion- Do not read unless you have seen S1E8 or like spoilers.
Damn. That was the best one yet although I missed Monica Rambeau.
Retconning is generally not my style but is was well done. Who knew the MCU would go with "witches are real"?
And is the special guest Paul Bettany has been teasing that he can't wait to work with actually Paul Bettany/White Vision? If so, that's fantastic.
Now the Dems can write a stand-alone bill and force the regressives to actually vote against raising the federal minimum wage above $7.25 an hour...that should play well back home.
At any rate, call your representatives today and tell them to pass Biden’s American Rescue Plan. It will provide direct checks to millions of families, speed up vaccine distribution, protect people from being evicted during a pandemic, and properly fund states so they can safely reopen schools and businesses.
Call both Senators and your House Representative, 202-224-3121, or use https://resist.bot/ or https://www.congressionalinstitute.org/contact-congress/ to send a message or email. It's important. #CallToAction
Minimum-wage increase imperiled in covid relief bill by Senate official’s ruling:
There's a mountain of work to do, but it's damn refreshing to see a cabinet of competent individuals coming together after 45's club of sold-out grifters.
Biden's showing he's serious about climate change. Granholm is on top of green energy. I'm sure the Republicans who voted against her don't like that.
Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm confirmed as energy secretary:
The former guy's guy helped create endless trade wars, alienated many American allies, and assisted in causing a manufacturing recession.
Biden’s choice for trade chief calls for ‘worker-centered’ approach:
How to know when your party is in trouble: when they put out a statement that they are not the party of white supremacists.
In the DC media market, a right wing group is running ads that are anti-Vanita Gupta, Biden’s pick to be associate attorney general, complete with scary music and phony accusations ala the infamous Republican Willie Horton ad.
Call your Senators today, generally your Republican Senators, and tell them to confirm these completely qualified Biden nominees. The GOP is still trying to sabotage our government from functioning by delaying these confirmations for no reason. Just say that. 202-224-3121 ☎️📱
Many of Biden’s nominees of color run into turbulence in the Senate:
The Congress needs to review and renew the Voting Rights Act and also pass HR1/S1, bills created by Democrats to protect and expand the vote.
Progressive media could do more to publicize the specific contents of these bills and how they would combat specific types of voter suppression. And the progressive media needs to keep up the great work exposing the anti-democracy bills the Republicans in the states are trying to get through the state legislatures.
On every level, Republicans must be exposed as the allies of insurrection, trying to reverse the victory of the Biden-Harris coalition, and attempting to accomplish with voter suppression laws what the Former Guy and his insurrectionists could not get done on January 6. #ElectDemocrats #ProtectTheVote
U.S. Supreme Court set to weigh Republican-backed voting restrictions-
Texas leadership is passing on winterizing their systems just after it's been proven once again that they need to.
But that's the Texas GOP. Just look at all the regulatory changes and effort they put in after the West Fertilizer Co explosion killed 15 and injured 160+. I'll save you the research: there wasn't any.
Texas Is Awash in Natural Gas. It Didn’t Help in the Storm; State, industry officials show little appetite to harden natural-gas systems after a winter freeze left millions without power and heat-
This #SongOfTheDay isn't at all political, but it speaks to things I see lurking under the surface.
I know the toxicity of division is disheartening. I know that living through a pandemic and taking care of the people we care about is hard.
I know we all wish that the unity President Biden spoke of could become a reality. I suspect we all know it won't very soon.
But we can unify. We can have heart. We can work for the better America and world we know is possible. And I also know that we are not alone.
Foo Fighters - Stranger Things Have Happened-
I would love to ask Rob Portman what he has done to be bipartisan in the last 4 years during the Trump presidency. Is hypocrite the word I'm searching for?
Partisanship was the name of the Trump game. Sorry GOP, the people will not fall for your BS again. Was the tax cut legislation bipartisan? Were the piles of ignored bills on McConnell's desk a result of bipartisanship? Was the Capitol attack by Trump thugs bipartisan?
Or the confirmation of any of their Supreme Court nominations...one of which came from an intentional stonewalling of Merrick Garland?
Opinion | Biden promised bipartisanship. That rhetoric hasn’t been matched by action:
Yes there was a breakdown in intelligence, and no, the Capitol police were in no way ready for a deadly insurrection by a traitor President's cult, but let's place the blame squarely on the shoulders of the number one person responsible for what happened on January 6th: Trump.
We can also blame the worthless GQP, for their refusal for years to take far right extremist domestic terrorism seriously and for raising hell every time our intel agencies tried to raise the alarm about it because those people are their base.
Trump also hollowed out every agency in our government and drove the morale in them down to zero so, as I said, every bit of this goes to the Former Guy and his enabling party.
Former Capitol security officials blame intelligence lapses for deadly Jan. 6 riot:
Did anyone catch Deb Haaland's confirmation hearing for Secretary of the Interior? Here's a link and there are many recaps available. https://www.c-span.org/video/?509102-1/interior-secretary-nominee-representative-deb-haaland-testifies-confirmation-hearing
Deb Haaland should be our next Secretary of the Interior. After four years of pro-polluter policies, Deb Haaland will bring experience as a fighter to protect land and public resources as she ensures the voices of tribes & local communities are heard in conversations about #PublicLands. The Senate must act quickly to approve her nomination. #ConfirmHaaland
Call your own Senators. 202-224-3121 ☎️
Yeah, Republicans don't have any maneuvering room on saying they're offended by tweets.
Anyway, Susan Collins is "the worst," Tom Cotton "is a fraud," and "vampires have more heart than Ted Cruz."
These are very good, accurate tweets.
Opinion | Now Republicans are offended by mean tweets?
Neera Tanden is far better than others Senate Republicans confirmed in the past:
I think voters ruled him out, but okay.
He'll be much too busy defending the insider trading case, anyway. 👋
Perdue rules out Georgia Senate comeback in 2022:
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