If you’re like the majority of Americans, you’re living paycheck-to-paycheck. And despite President Biden touting his own economic accomplishments, most Americans are still struggling to make ends meet. So what gives?
Well, according to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the blame lies squarely with the Republicans — or at least that’s what she tweeted recently. However, a Twitter fact-check revealed the truth is a bit more complicated than that.
“60% of workers report living paycheck-to-paycheck,” wrote the GOP on social media.
“And yet y’all still voted against raising the minimum wage,” replied Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
And yet y’all still voted against raising the minimum wage https://t.co/tFkTHf2OAO
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 19, 2022
However, liberal drones don’t operate Twitter anymore and the social network company fact-checked her.
“In 2021, Congress voted on a bill to raise the minimum wage. – Passed 231-199 in the House Opposed: 192 Rs, 8 Ds + one I. Three Rs supported. – Blocked 58-42 in the Senate 7 Ds and one I joined all Rs to block the bill,” the fact check read with citations.
Below is what it looks like when displayed online.
In 2021, the bill passed the House of Representatives with 231-199 votes in favor but was blocked in the Senate by a vote of 58-42 — with 7 Democrats and one Independent joining all Republicans to block the bill. So no, the Democrats alone aren’t to blame for Congress’s failure to raise the minimum wage.
The block was to avoid making layoffs due to Bidenflation even worse.
The current federal minimum wage stands at $7.25 per hour, which hasn’t changed since 2009. Meanwhile, many states have set the bar higher than the federal standard. In Ohio, the minimum wage is $9.30 per hour; in Florida, it’s $10; in Virginia, it’s $11; and in California, it’s $14 per hour. Ohio, Florida, and Virginia are all run by Republicans.
What is fun to see is AOC getting fact-checked in real-time. That’s something Democrats are not used to.