RNC chair Reince Priebus thinks Democrats are playing politics with the poor:
All of this kind of stuff is ridiculous because we’re spending all of our time actually talking and perpetrating what the Democrats actually want. They don’t want this to pass, what they want to do is they want to talk about these things, they want to talk about minimum wage and what they want to do ultimately is create a campaign issue, this sort of rich vs. poor, the same old thing they can do and avoid Obamacare. That’s what they want.
You know what Republicans should do? They should totally call the Democrats' bluff. They should just go out there and pass an extension of unemployment insurance; pass an increase in the minimum wage; and pass a farm bill that doesn't cut food stamps. It would hardly cost anything—maybe 0.3 percent of the federal budget—and it would blow away Democratic campaign plans for November. Plus it would be good for the economy!
It's a win-win-win: good for the poor, good for the Republican Party, and good for America. It would sure teach Democrats a lesson if Republicans sneakily agreed to all this stuff. I say they should go for it.