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26 Feb, 9 tweets, 2 min read
@MaddowBlog The media and Dems have 3 choices in their response to the Parliamentarians' ruling on the minimum wage increase.
1. Declare defeat before the battle starts. That is how the media are covering it.
2. Treat it as a call to arms to pressure the Senate to end the filibuster. Thi s is in an inside Washington story that shows the GOP they can exert power even in the minority. Getting public support for ending the filibuster right now is how losers respond.
3 Keep it in the bill or introduce a separate bill while we spread out across the country to energize the majority who support the change to fight hard, pressure every member of Cong to support the law.
It worked with the ACA. It may get to the point where removing the filibuster makes sense, but not until the country has spoken. In 2022 the GOP would like nothing more than to claim that their refusal to support the minimum wage was an example of why they need to be in the maj
They want to show Americans that they should be in the majority to prevent the Dems from destroying America. Challenge the GOP to filibuster the bill. That will give Americans a chance to see their GOP representatives fight to keep them in poverty.
Even with the filibuster removed there is no guarantee it will pass. The media need to make Americans the center of the battle, not a rule fight in Congress. Why not hold Town Halls across the country, wake up the country
It's time to make voters part of the conversation before giving up without a fight on the issue. In 2022 making the case that the Dems need to remove the filibuster looks like a weakness, that they are afraid to ask the American to fight for it.
I'm not naive, but I have spent years working on moving progressive policy through conservative legislatures by encouraging voters to stand up and fight on an issue that they care about. There has been almost no info about what is in the bill.
Most Americans don't know that the minimum wage is being phased in. They don't know what businesses may be exempt. Don't they deserve a chance to pressure their members of Congress?

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