Romney Snubs Fellow Republican, Reaches Out to Dems

( – Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) used to be one of the most staunchly conservative members of the Republican Party. He was so well-liked within the GOP that he was their presidential candidate in 2012. He and former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) failed to beat then Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, but Romney remained popular. He later ran for the Senate in his home state and won, but shortly thereafter he decided that he was going to start moving to the Left on certain issues.

Romney isn’t a radical progressive, but he has repeatedly snubbed his own party. He voted twice to convict former President Donald Trump of impeachment charges. And recently, he turned his nose up at a bill proposed by a member of his own party and instead decided to work with a Democrat.

Minimum Wage Proposal

The Democratic Party wanted to raise the federal minimum wage to $15/hour as part of the last COVID-19 package. However, the Senate Parliamentarian would not allow the wage increase to be added to the legislation, so the Left had to give up on it. Senator Tom Cotton (R-AK) and Romney proposed a bill that would gradually raise wages to $10/hour and mandate E-Verify, so that only legal workers would get a raise. Instead of pushing for that legislation, the Republican senator has abandoned Cotton and instead decided to work with a Democrat.

Romney and Sinema

According to April 14 reports, Romney and Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) are working on a minimum wage proposal. The Utah Republican said they will take the bill to a group of 20 lawmakers to see how they like it and then decide whether to move it forward. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) was asked about the proposal and said he thought it would be an $11/hour wage.

It’s interesting that Romney didn’t simply continue to work with Cotton. He could have proposed the exact same bill with a member of his own party to increase the chance of it passing, but once again he chose to snub a fellow republican with conservative values.

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