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This Week in Congress

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On Wednesday, the U.S. House passed the Senate’s version of the COVID relief/stimulus spending bill. The Senate bill, which passed Saturday afternoon after a marathon session that started last Thursday, removes the $15 minimum wage increase from the bill. It also lowers the supplemental unemployment benefit to $300 per month but extends it until September and makes the benefits tax-free for most Americans. The Senate bill passed by a narrow margin of 50-49. Every Democrat voted for it while every Republican expect Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan, who missed the vote, voted no. You can see the vote here. The bill passed the House by a vote of 220-211. Democrat Jared Golden (ME-2) joined every Republican in opposing the bill. You can see the vote here. On Tuesday, the House considered HR 842. This bill is a payback to union leaders for the millions of forced dues they have poured into Democrat campaigns. Among other items, this bill allows unions and employers to form contracts forcing all of their workers to pay union dues even if the company is in a right to work state. It also gives union bosses power to call strikes in “solidarity” with striking workers in other businesses, giving the union bosses power to shut down entire industries. The bill passed by a vote of 225-206. Henry Cuellar (TX-28) was the only Democrat to oppose the bill. The following five Republicans voted for the bill: Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) John Katko (NY-24) Chris Smith (NJ-04) Jefferson Van Drew (NJ-02) Don Young (AK-At Large) You can see the vote here.


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