House Democrats shut down a Republican amendment to require a valid social security number for a second round of stimulus payments to individuals on Friday. The amendment would’ve prevented the payment of stimulus payments to illegal immigrants in a similar fashion to the first TrumpBux $1,200 check, which was restricted to U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents.
The vote to dismiss the social security number requirement for stimulus funds passed by a margin of 11. Thirteen Democrats voted with the GOP to add the provision to the recession package.
198-209: House defeats Republicans efforts to prevent anyone without a Social Security number (undocumented immigrants) from receiving $1,200 COVID-19 pandemic relief payments mostly along party line vote. 13 Democrats for Yes on GOP MTR. Vote lasted 67 minutes. pic.twitter.com/FHRpwTKsuF
— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) May 16, 2020
The Democrats shut down the amendment to their Round 4 stimulus legislation, which advanced through the House on Friday. The legislation entails more than $3 trillion in economic relief spending, much of it funneled to state and local governments.
It seems unlikely that the House Democratic coronavirus package, which is chock-full of progressive policy goodies, has any chance of being taken up by the Senate and passed into law. President Trump said that the legislation was “dead on arrival,” citing the uniform mail-in ballot voting provision included in the bill that experts are describing as a nightmare scenario for voter fraud.
The bill also contains a whopping provision that would extend amnesty to millions of illegal aliens deemed by the Democrats to be essential workers. Employees of any establishment that serves food and drink would be designated essential workers by the legislation, and would receive an amnesty from immigration law.
Senate Republicans and the White House have signaled their willingness to consider additional coronavirus economic relief legislation, but fortunately it appears the plan to extend stimulus payments to illegal immigrants isn’t going to get anywhere.
Pete Buttigieg: Keystone XL Pipeline Workers Need to Get Different Jobs
What new jobs, exactly?
Imagine being told to ‘learn to code-‘ in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and an economic recession.
Biden’s Department of Transportation nominee, Pete Buttigieg, did almost exactly that in Senate confirmation proceedings on Thursday, flatly stating that union workers employed in the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline need to get different jobs. President Biden terminated construction approval for the pipeline on his first day in office.
Senator Ted Cruz questioned Buttigieg about the administration’s plans for workers promptly swept out of a job.
“The answer is that we’re very eager to see those workers continue to be employed in good paying union jobs, even if they might be different ones.”
Liberal assertions that unionized, well-paying, blue collar jobs can be easily and swiftly replaced with employment in the alternative energy industry don’t tend to pan out. California’s government has struggled to deliver the so-called “green” jobs the state’s leaders promised upon implementing new fossil fuel regulations and restrictions, further eroding the state’s middle class. California stopped counting the creation of “green” jobs in 2013, with many suspecting that the state was inflating the total.
Biden’s crackdown on the fossil fuel industry comes as many who rely on face economic insecurity and damaged prospects as a result of the recession. Trucking industry experts expect President Biden to crush small trucking companies, with an impending spike in fuel prices harming truckers that work as independent contractors.
Expect much of the neoliberal “learn to code” callousness throughout the next four years. It’s easy to imagine simply making a bureaucrat-imposed career change when you’re connected to the levers of power of the Washington D.C. establishment.
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