Majority threatened, Democrats take up populist agenda to distract from Obamacare

Thursday, March 27, 2014
By Paul Martin

By Susan Ferrechio
MARCH 26, 2014

Senate Democrats, facing an increasing threat of losing their majority in November, rolled out an ambitious and populist legislative agenda on Wednesday that aims to rally their base and divert voter attention away from the unpopular health reform law.

The agenda, which includes a minimum wage bill and legislation to ensure women and men are paid equally by making it easier for employees to file lawsuits, has no chance of becoming law because the Republican-run House will not take up any of the proposals.

But Democrats hope to benefit from the effort by contrasting themselves against Republicans, who they portray as a party that only cares about big corporations and the rich.

Democrats are calling their plan the “Fair Shot for Everyone” agenda.

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