Sonali Kolhatkar speaks with Joe Dinkin about how progressive is the Senate version of the COVID relief bill.
The United States Senate on Saturday passed by a 50-50 vote and Vice President Kamala Harris’ tie breaking vote, the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill backed by President Joe Biden. After weeks of wrangling over the details of the American Rescue Plan, including a battle to include an increase to the federal minimum wage that ultimately failed, the bill passed and now heads to the House for a Tuesday vote. While many are hailing it as the largest expansion of government anti-poverty efforts in a generation, progressives feel the bill did not go far enough considering the nation’s crippling inequality.
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