FIGHTING DISINFORMATION and IGNORANCE
Last week, I wrote about what our UKCC Goals were for 2021. One of the major tenets was, “Spreading the Democratic Word.” In other words, fighting disinformation and ignorance. Within that, a big one is fighting the Fox News lies about HR1319, or The American Rescue Plan Act, which, although wildly popular among both Democrats and Republicans (70+% of Americans, revealed in nationwide Polls), passed with NOT ONE Republican vote. …
A NEW DAWN
A lot of things happened this past week. Some of them may not seem like big things, when in fact, they are monumental. For example, Deb Haaland was confirmed as the first Indigenous American to hold the position of Secretary of the Interior. She is the first Native American to ever hold a Cabinet-level position, but it goes far beyond that. …
The monumental piece of legislation known as HR 1319, or “The American Rescue Plan Act,” was passed thanks to a process called “Reconciliation.”
Reconciliation is, essentially, a way for Congress to enact legislation on taxes, spending, and the debt limit with only a majority (51 votes, or 50 if the vice president breaks a tie) in the Senate, avoiding the threat of a filibuster, which requires 60 votes to overcome. Because Democrats have 50 seats in the Senate—plus a Democratic vice president—reconciliation is a way to get a tax-and-spending bill to the president’s desk even if all 50 Republicans oppose it….