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House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer confidently predicted that the House would easily pass the covid-19 bill, the stimulus package, approved by the Senate when the Senate returns to the House. next week.
He closed the possibility of progressives, who have said that they will do anything to get the minimum wage passed, and that they would not support the final version of the legislation if the key proposal is not included.
"I can't believe that the people who voted to send it to the Senate don't also vote to pass it and send it to the president for his signature," Hoyer told reporters.
"It will be approved when I return."
This prediction comes as progressives are exploring all options to force the minimum wage provision in this reconciliation process.
In the same way, Hoyer drew a line saying that he did not expect any senator to add an amendment to the legislation that would make it a re-pass issue in the House, saying, “I cannot believe that any amendment that the Senate can adopt "is" so egregious that the House would not vote on it. "
Hoyer said he expects the Senate to pass his version of the covid-19 relief bill on Friday or Saturday and that the House will take it back on Monday, so he said he changed the schedule for next week.
When asked if he agreed with progressives' arguments that the reconciliation process is the best way to pass COVID-19 relief because it does not require Republican support, Hoyer said the White House has made its calculation and clearly not going to invalidate the parliamentary consultant and therefore the way forward is for Democrats to think about how they can work with Republicans to get the measure passed after passing an independent bill in the House.
"We will have to work with the Republicans," Hoyer said.
“We are going to send that to the Senate, and we hope that in the Senate there will be 10 senators who believe that having people working for $ 7.25 an hour and in poverty after 40 hours of work a week is not good in the United States. ».
Hoyer said he believed that filibuster was "undemocratic," referencing a long-standing argument by progressives, and potentially what is the next frontier in the fight for the minimum wage.