Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) shattered the Republican myth that President Joe Biden's $ 1.9 trillion COVID bailout was non-partisan.
During an interview with MSNBC's Tiffany Cross, Booker said that getting Republicans votes in Congress doesn't determine whether a law is bipartisan.
"Don't let Senate Republicans tell you that Joe Biden's bill is not bipartisan," said the Democratic senator. “The increase in the minimum wage is non-partisan. $ 1,400 checks are non-partisan. Aid to state and local governments is backed by every governor, Democrat, and Republican. "
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) says Joe Biden's COVID relief bill is bipartisan, whether or not Republicans in Congress support it. pic.twitter.com/YD1elBqifi
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Sen. Booker said:
Even red states that have raised the minimum wage know and see that the minimum wage hike is very popular with Republicans. Don't let the Senate Republicans tell you that Joe Biden's bill is not bipartisan. The increase in the minimum wage is non-partisan. $ 1,400 checks are non-partisan. Aid to state and local governments is backed by every governor, Democrat, and Republican. We know this bill is a bipartisan bill. We will fight to get everything in the package. And we saw the first step in that direction, where everyone in our caucus stuck together to set the framework for reaching that $ 1.9 trillion, and that is what we need to work on now.
Republicans, not Joe Biden, are leaving unity behind
With a much-needed rescue package in preparation with broad public support, President Biden has already started delivering on an election promise to bring the country together.
This is in stark contrast to Donald Trump, who for four years put forward policy proposals that the majority of the country rejected, from a Muslim ban to a border wall to massive tax cuts for the rich.
By refusing to vote for an aid package that a large majority of the country supports, it is the GOP – not Joe Biden – that is giving up unity.
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Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama's presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as the Outreach Organizer of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, helping Northeast Ohio residents get health insurance.