Below the fold – Feb. 27, 2021

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Below The Fold: The news that do not make the headlines but is important. By PL Hade.

The House passed the Covid19 relief bill last night. 219-212 The bill included the $15.00 minimum wage. (That will be taken out in the Senate due to the Parliamentarian’s ruling. Two Democrats [and 217 Republicans] voted against it – Rep Golden of Maine and Rep Schrader of Oregon. Reps Chris Smith and Jeff Van Drew both voted against the bill.

  1. Assessing the Saudi Government’s Role in the Killing of Jamal Khashoggi
  2. Yesterday Governor Murphy signed legislation permanently establishing the Community College Opportunity Grant Program in state law.
  3. The Equality Act passed the House on Thursday
    • Jeff Van Drew #CD2 voted against the equality act.
    • Chris Smith #CD4 voted against the equality act.
  4. On Thursday the House parliamentarian determined that the $15.00 minimum wage couldn’t be included in the Covid Relief Package in reconciliation. (In my humble opinion a new bill should include both the $15.00 graduated minimum wage and the money for Texas Disaster Relief. The 15.00 minimum wage taxes would help pay for the Disaster Relief since suddenly the GOP is concerned about spending again.)
  5. Texas Electric Bills Were $28 Billion Higher Under Deregulation…/texas-electric-bills-were-28…
  6. Covid19
    • 511,959 Americans have died of Covid19
    • NJ: 3,149 new positives, Rate of Transmission 0.89
    • Counties with the highest positives: Bergen 400, Hudson 307, Monmouth 307

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