Another loss for the Democrats.
Bernie Sanders’ $15 minimum wage amendment has failed.
Senator Bernie Sanders made good on his promise to introduce an amendment to the COVID relief package that would raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour in 2025, but it was shot down in the Senate.
Sanders’ plan had the support of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and was passed in the House of Representatives on Friday as part of the $1.9 trillion relief package. It faced an uphill battle in the Senate, as it was ruled to be out of the scope of budget reconciliation, which only requires a simple majority vote, and on Friday, it failed to receive the 60 votes it needed to pass.
It was even blocked by Democrats:
Forty-two Senators voted in favor of the amendment and 58 opposed it, including seven Democrats and Senator Angus King, an independent that caucuses with them. The Democrats who opposed the measure were Senators Joe Manchin, Kyrsten Sinema, Joe Tester, Maggie Hassan, Chris Coons, Tom Carper and Jeanne Shaheen.
The CBO projected massive job losses if the minimum wage hit $15:
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