I can’t decide. Is he an Ethics Dunce for taking so long to realize what has been screamingly obvious for years, or is he an Ethics Hero for having the guts to admit it out loud?
Schrader explained his “No” vote on House Democrats’ American Rescue Plan which passed the House in a 219-212 vote over the weekend with no Republican support in an interview. Though the Senate parliamentarian ruled that a $15 minimum wage provision could not be included in the relief package, his party passed the bill with it included anyway
The Senate will now have to make changes to the bill in order not to include language increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour and send it back to the House for a vote before they vote on it later this week. “The minimum wage increases was ruled out of order by the parliamentarian and we did it anyway. The rules don’t apply to us?” Schrader said.
Why no, Kurt, they don’t. Don’t you read Ethics Alarms? Good riots vs bad riots? Governors and mayors violating their own pandemic orders. Impeachments without evidence? Sexual harassment?
Having broken the taboo, he got rolling. “Number one is there was no legislative process. I mean, we were presented with 1.9 (TRILLION dollars!), not allowed or encouraged to offer amendments … The voice of the elected representatives not heard in this package at all, it was a take it or leave it approach and $1.9 trillion dollars, every other COVID package that we’ve done, not only has been bipartisan, but has gone through an extensive vetting process, you know, before, during and after the after, you know, that came together,” Schrader said in the interview. He sure is articulate…
Note: I used the WordPress “poll block” to post a poll on this, and it didn’t work. I deleted it. The votes didn’t register. WordPress’s block “improvement” is a disgrace, as I have noted before. It is clumsy, you can’t do things that once were easy, and I’d estimate that every post takes 10% longer to create because of this “improvement.” I resent it. WordPress, if you’re listening, you should be ashamed of yourself.