Dems Attempt To Get $15 Minimum Wage In COVID Bill Blocked

FILE PHOTO: Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidates former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) stand on the stage before the start of the seventh Democratic 2020 presidential debate at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., January 14, 2020. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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Democrats’ latest attempt to use the COVID bill for their own political gain has been halted.

From The Huffington Post: 

Democrats’ push to pass a $15 minimum wage in their $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package violates Senate rules, according to the Senate’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:

We have reported on the disaster this minimum wage increase will be:

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