Congress Democrats are looking for a fight to raise the minimum wage to $ 15 an hour as part of a $ 1.9 trillion coronavirus bill they want to pass in a matter of weeks.
The fight could escalate as soon as Wednesday, the earliest, Senate MPs are expected to make a decision on whether the proposal can be included in the auxiliary legislation under special budget rules planned for the package.
If allowed, it would be a great victory for the Democrats, but one that would only end a major struggle within the party over how much to raise the minimum wage and how to structure it. With thin margins in both chambers, Democrats cannot afford to alienate either progressives or moderates.
“Although it can be included, the question is whether Democrats are uniformly supportive?”
None of the pages show the pages in caves and create a chicken game with high stakes that can complicate more help for schools, states, small businesses and American families.
The House is expected to vote on its $ 1.9 trillion package, modeled on Friday President BidenJoe BidenTikTok users spread conspiracy that Texas snow was made by the government The problem of a one-size-fits-all federal minimum wage Tossing money in Central America will not slow down illegal migrationsuggestions. It includes a minimum wage of $ 15 per. Time, which will be phased in by 2025.
It is a level that has powerful supporters, including Biden himself, House Progressives and the Senate Budget Committee Chairman. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOn The Money: Neera Tanden’s nomination in jeopardy after three GOP-no | Trump rages after SCOTUS rules on economic records. The tooth’s path to confirmation looks increasingly unsustainable, Asian Pacific American Caucus urges senators to confirm Tooth MORE (I-Vt.), Who said he will ensure that the pay rise is passed in its current form by the Senate as soon as next week.
“Fifteen dollars an hour is not a radical idea, a number of states have moved in that direction, over 60 percent of the American people think this is where we are going and that is what I want to do,” Sanders said. , when asked about talk of a minor increase.
Proponents of the $ 15 minimum wage point to widespread support among congressional Democrats, arguing that leaders should bow to any Democratic senator who is unwilling to follow the will of the party.
In the 50-50 Senate, if all Republicans vote against the pay rise, Democrats can not afford to resign.
Supporters also point to Florida, which was a stronghold of the past President TrumpDonald TrumpFauci: US political divide over masks leads to half a million COVID-19 deaths Georgia’s bishop says state GOP’s election proposal is an ‘attempt to suppress the black vote’ Trump closer to legal danger after court ruling on tax returns MORE. Voters in the state passed a vote last year to raise the minimum wage to $ 15 per vote. Hour.
“The party is already behind raising the minimum wage to $ 15. So are the American people! Even Republicans agree – just watch Florida pass $ 15 with a super-majority while you vote for Trump. And in addition to the robust support, it’s just good policy, ”Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila Jayapal Democrats face agreement test on Bidens .9T bill Progressive presidency: I think minimum wage will be included in COVID-19 aid package Sunday shows – COVID-19 dominates as the grim milestone approaches MORE (D-Wash.), Chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, tweeted Tuesday.
Similar to a budget decision elaborating on the COVID-19 bill, the Senate must hold a a-rama vote before adopting the COVID-19 bill.
It allows any senator to offer potential changes to the bill, where many only need a simple majority to succeed, something that gives extra power to moderates like the Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinOvernight Health Care: US Survives Half a Million COVID Deaths | Housing Panel Accelerates Bidens .9T COVID-19 Support Bill | Johnson & Johnson ready to give doses to 20 million Americans by the end of March On The Money: Neera Tooth’s nomination in jeopardy after three GOP no | Trump is furious at SCOTUS rules on economic records. The tooth’s path to confirmation looks increasingly untenable (DW.Va.), which is against Sanders wage increase.
Manchin said that if the minimum wage increase is allowed in the bill, he will change the increase from $ 15 per hour to $ 11 per hour.
“If it’s German, at a threshold of 51 votes, $ 11 basically works. “We could make $ 11 in two years and be in a better position than they would be in five years with $ 15,” said Manchin.
Manchin seemed skeptical that there would be insufficient support for the $ 11 minimum wage, but declined to say how he would vote for the overall package if it was rejected.
Manchin is not the only Democratic senator with concerns about raising the minimum wage to $ 15 an hour, but he has been the highest. Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) Has also come up against the idea, and even beyond the size of the increase, Democrats are discussing privately how to handle tip pay or potential tax breaks for small businesses.
An independent bill from Sanders has the support of 37 additional Democratic senators – 12 votes less than the simple majority needed to pass the coronavirus bill.
The looming opposition comes as senators are still waiting to hear from Elizabeth MacDonough, a Senate MP, about whether a minimum wage increase is in line with the Byrd rule, a vague procedure that determines what can and cannot be transferred through reconciliation. Democrats use the budget process to pass coronavirus relief so they can bypass the legislative filibuster by 60 votes.
Sanders and his staff have made room for MacDonough about why they think it complies and should be included.
But others including Biden, chairman of the House Budget Committee John YarmuthJohn Allen YarmuthOn The Money: Neera Tanden’s nomination in jeopardy after three GOP-no | Trump rages over SCOTUS rules on financial records House panel promotes Bidens .9T COVID-19 aid bill This week: House must vote on Bidens bill. 9 billion coronavirus MORE (D-Ky.) And Democratic senators have been skeptical.
“I put it in, but I do not think it will survive,” Biden told CBS News earlier this month, referring to the Senate’s rules on reconciliation.
It has left some Democratic senators equating the fight to raise the minimum wage to $ 15 per tonne. Time until it becomes a live question – when the MP does not do it or does not sign to include it.
Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerLawyers Propose Capitol Riot Bill, The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by the AIDS Institute – COVID-19 rescue bill a unit test for Dems OVERNIGHT ENERGY: US officially resumes Paris climate deal Biden Energy Dept orders thorough review of Trump’s energy rules Texas power grid was ‘seconds and minutes’ from total failure, officials say MORE (DN.Y.) declined to say whether he would support a minimum wage increase of less than $ 15 per tonne. Hour.
“Look, the first step is to go before reconciliation before the parliamentarian. “We are awaiting our verdict before proceeding,” Schumer told reporters.
Dens. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TestsDemocratic Senate Campaign Means New Chiefs of Staff Tests for Defense Appropriations Panel Attorney Trump Accuses Democrats of Violent Rhetoric MORE (D-Mont.), Who is not a co-sponsor of Sanders’ account, questioned the value of weighing in until it at least overcomes the procedural obstacle.
“I do not know it will be in there, but once it’s in there, we’ll talk about it,” he said. “But until it gets in there, I don’t think there’s any reason to waste energy on it.”
Alexander Bolton contributed.