GOP unifies in opposition to $1.9 trillion COVID relief package

GOP unifies in opposition to $1.9 trillion COVID relief package

Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal expressed confidence on Sunday that a plan to raise the national minimum wage to $15 an hour will remain in the current COVID-19 relief package being considered in Congress.

Sens. Joe Manchin III of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona have said a hike to $15 per hour shouldn't be included under the fast-track process known as reconciliation that Democrats are using to thwart a possible filibuster.

Other opponents noted that the bill did not take into account differences in regional economies across the state and said a move to increase the minimum wage would ultimately push people out of the workforce in favor of automation.

"Businesses like Amazon and McDonald's, for example, can and perhaps should, pay more, but I'm wondering, what is your plan for smaller businesses?"

The finding by Elizabeth MacDonough, the chamber's nonpartisan arbiter of its rules, means Democrats face an overwhelmingly uphill battle to boost the minimum wage this year in the face of solid Republican opposition. Joe Manchin (D-WV) has said he is opposed to increasing the wage to $15 an hour, proposing instead a more modest increase of $11 an hour. The Biden administration and the Democrats do not care about your jobs.

Sen. Ron Wyden of OR, chair of the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee, also said in a statement: "I'm looking at a tax penalty for mega-corporations that refuse to pay a living wage".

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But he also said Democrats don't appear interested in negotiating changes to President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package that's making its way through Congress.

It was included in the legislation unveiled by the House last week, and if it survives the Senate parliamentarian's ruling, it could lead to a struggle within the Democratic caucus to get enough votes to pass the bill without any Republican votes in the Senate.

Khanna made the remarks in an interview on CNN's "Inside Politics", in response to a question about how hard it might be for many small businesses to afford increased labor costs, if the federal minimum wage is raised to $15 an hour.

She continued, "You know we don't have a lot of time here". But those same rules prohibit provisions with only an "incidental" impact on the federal budget because they are chiefly driven by other policy purposes. Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour would benefit 32 MILLION workers. The Senate has a long tradition of heeding the parliamentarian's decisions with few exceptions, a history that is revered by traditionalists like Biden, a 36-year Senate veteran. "The American people deserve it, and we are committed to making it a reality".

The Senate parliamentarian's decision relieves pressure on Democratic leaders who are attempting to rally support for the $1.9 trillion COVID bill despite concerns from at least two Democrats who say $15 is too high. We need to show people that their lives are appreciably better, that we can get control of the virus and we can put money in people's pockets. Right now, employees with a disability can be paid below the standard minimum wage at a rate based on his or her productivity.

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