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The Indivisible Project’s Statement on Senate Passage of COVID-Relief Package


March 06, 2021
Kenny Palmer|

Washington, DC — Today Mary Small, acting National Policy Director for Indivisible, issued the following statement:

“We have always supported strong, bold, and swift action to respond to this pandemic, provide aid to communities and families facing economic hardship, and set us on a path for equitable recovery. This meant passing Biden’s American Rescue Plan with critical improvements, and keeping promises made to the American public. While Democrats were correct to choose a legislative pathway that could not be endlessly blocked by Republican opposition, the budget reconciliation process is needlessly complicated, time consuming, and left out necessary provisions like guaranteed paid leave and increasing the minimum wage.

“Democrat’s insistence on maintaining arcane Senate rules will continue to burden the legislative process and prevent needed reforms. Some Democrats even shirked their mandate to act boldly in this moment by voting against a $15 an hour minimum wage and going out of their way to give less aid to unemployed workers. It is simply indefensible that any Democrat would participate in watering down the American Rescue Plan. We’re grateful for progressive champions who fought to strengthen this package to meet the needs of this moment.

“We urge the House to quickly pass this package to deliver overdue relief, but must acknowledge that if Democrats had realized the power of their majority and eliminated the filibuster, Americans would be seeing a more robust package that included wage increases, stronger public health protections, and much more.

“It’s time Democrats get out of their own way and scrap the filibuster and get on with the work the American people elected them to do.”

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The Indivisible Project (501c4) is a social movement non-profit driven by a vision of a real democracy - of, by, and for the people. Indivisible began in 2016 as a viral guide to resisting Trump’s agenda. Today, the Indivisible movement is a network of thousands of local groups and millions of activists across every state. The Indivisible Project drives campaigns for bold progressive policies, lobbies Congress, and equips activists with tools to build lasting progressive power, everywhere. Together, we fight to defeat the rightwing takeover of American government and build an inclusive democracy.