Democrats’ latest attempt to use the COVID bill for their own political gain has been halted.
Parliamentarian says including $15 min wage in Demsâ€™ COVID package violates budget rules. Bad news for progressives but ought to ultimately smooth passage of the bill https://t.co/i1miZNF6df
— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) February 26, 2021
Democratsâ€™ push to pass a $15 minimum wage in their $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package violates Senate rules, according to the Senateâ€™s parliamentarian, who delivered a likely fatal blow Friday to the effort to give tens of millions of workers a raise.
For weeks, Democrats have been waiting for a ruling from the Senate parliamentarian, who oversees Senate procedure, on whether they can raise the minimum wage through the budget reconciliation process, the legislative maneuver that will allow Democrats to pass legislation with a simple majority.
House Democrats are expected to soon vote on a COVID-19 package that includes raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour in stages over the next four years. The provision also eliminates the tipped minimum wage, which currently allows employers to pay workers a lower base wage as long as the workers receive gratuities.
The proposal would give an estimated 27 million workers raises over the next four years. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 and has not been increased in more than a decade.
This doesn’t mean Democrats won’t try for this again. It just means it will not come in the COVID relief bill.
Biden said he was disappointed in the decision:
.@PressSec says Biden is â€œdisappointedâ€ in Senate parliamentarian ruling minimum wage increase out of Covid relief bill.
â€œHe respects the parliamentarianâ€™s decision and the Senateâ€™s process,â€ Psaki says pic.twitter.com/M1IP6kFAuY
— Jordan Fabian (@Jordanfabian) February 26, 2021
We have reported on the disaster this minimum wage increase will be:
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