In spite of the now clear threat posed by continued disinformation about the legality of the 2020 election, a majority of House Republicans affirmed their overriding loyalty to President Trump and his political movement by objecting to the certification of electoral college votes from the swing states of Arizona and Pennsylvania. Even though their claims of widespread voter fraud were found to be entirely unsubstantiated by independent fact-checkers and rejected by nearly every elected official and court to which they addressed their complaints, they were unmoved in insisting on the merit of President Trump’s claims.
Democrats’ passage of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, the American Rescue Plan, ensures a vital extension of income support for millions of families, funds vaccination efforts, shores up state and municipal budgets, and includes a temporary expansion of the Child Tax Credit that is predicted to halve child poverty. It is no doubt a major victory after months of intransigence on the part of the Trump administration and Senate Republicans.
Excluded from the final bill, though, was an increase in the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, quashed late in negotiations by the objections of eight senators in…
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