Who Won the Week? 03/07/2021

FWWTWThe idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

This week’s “winner” of Who Won the Week is The American Rescue Plan Act.Both the House and the Senate this week passed a sweeping $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan, fulfilling an electoral promise from President Biden and the Democrats to shepherd a swift recovery plan to address the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

I have to point out that not one Republican in either the House or the Senate — not even one — voted for this bill. They voted against the bill in a purely partisan way even though polls show that a large majority of Americans, including a significant number of Republicans, supported the bill. These GOP members of Congress should be ashamed of themselves.

The American Rescue Plan seeks to curtail the coronavirus pandemic, bolster the sluggish economy and protect the neediest people within it. It will inject vast amounts of federal resources into the economy, including one-time direct payments of up to $1,400 for hundreds of millions of Americans, jobless aid of $300 a week to last through the summer, money for distributing coronavirus vaccines and relief for states, cities, schools, and small businesses struggling during the pandemic.

Unfortunately, the desire to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, which would have cut poverty in America by a third this year and would plant the seeds for an income guarantee for children, which would potentially cut child poverty in half, was cut from the House version of the bill when two Democratic senators balked at an increase of that size.

Isn’t it interesting that the Republicans had no qualms about passing a massive tax cuts bill in 2017 that had a comparable price tag as the American Rescue Plan, but that mostly benefited the wealthy. But the vote against a bill that is aimed at stemming coronavirus and benefits those Americans with the greatest need. I declare that congressional Republicans lost the week.

What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?

19 thoughts on “Who Won the Week? 03/07/2021

  1. rugby843 March 7, 2021 / 10:43 am

    A step in the right direction and yes they should be ashamed but their actions prove they won’t ever be.

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  2. JT Twissel March 7, 2021 / 12:51 pm

    I would give this week to Dolly Parton for her contributions to vaccine production and her retooling of the song Jolene to Vaccine.

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    • Marleen March 7, 2021 / 1:33 pm

      I’m going to wear a top with sleeves like she had when I go for my vaccination. I do have one, won’t have to find a buy it in order to do so. Hers was fancier and more colorful. I enjoyed, too, her song and philanthropy.

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    • Fandango March 7, 2021 / 2:04 pm

      Yep. Good for Dolly!

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  3. Christine Bolton, Poetry for Healing March 7, 2021 / 1:07 pm

    Joe Biden and his administration won the week. He showed us how a country is supposed to be run. 45 days in and he is smoking’ hot! Way to go Joe ☺️👍

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  4. Marleen March 7, 2021 / 1:24 pm

    I’m “not sure” why Democrats compromise with Republicans or Republican types, like Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Mansion. Maybe those two got payoffs, and are the “winners.” There is no good reason to not begin easing toward fifteen dollars per hour. Rich people need more billions (via tax cut AND handouts), but poor people don’t need a few more bucks.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2021/03/05/kyrsten-sinema-thumbs-down-minimum-wage-hike-compared-john-mccain/4603069001/

    The other Democrats to vote against the amendment were Sens. Chris Coons, D-Del.;
    Tom Carper, D-Del.;
    Jon Tester, D-Mon.;
    Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H.;
    Maggie Hassan, D-N.H.;
    … Joe Manchin [is from] W.V.

    Sen. Angus King of Maine, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, also voted against the minimum-wage amendment.

    I heard, recently, that, back when MLK was arguing for better pay and treatment of low-wage workers, the minimum wage (if adjusted for the passage of time and inflation since) would now, comparatively, be about seventeen dollars an hour — now, not gradually put into place over the next few years.

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    • Marleen March 9, 2021 / 11:02 am

      Joe Manchin: {Only Working} For {His Corporate Donors?}

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    • Marleen March 9, 2021 / 4:21 pm

      Senator Kyrsten Sinema: “Criticism of ME is [Sexist]!” {?}

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  5. Carol anne March 7, 2021 / 2:30 pm

    Wow! Thats good now that there is a bill and a plan going forward…shame on the republicans though!

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  6. amoralegria March 7, 2021 / 7:02 pm

    Yes, it finally passed! I agree that the American Rescue Act is the winner of the week!

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