Democrats renew strain to finish filibuster for large minimal wage hike

Progressive Senate Democrats have a new excuse for wanting to end the Senate filibuster: raising the federal minimum wage to $ 15 an hour.

Frustrated that Senate MP Elizabeth MacDonough, acting as some sort of non-partisan arbitrator, found that a minimum wage increase “was not in line with budgetary voting rules,” and therefore not part of the $ 1.9 trillion COVID The Democrats’ Aid Act is now urging the Democrats to end the filibuster in order to pass the minimum wage hike by a mere majority.

The increase in the minimum wage from $ 7.25 to $ 15.00 was a key feature in the November election of Joe Biden and other Democrats.

The $ 1.9 trillion bill seemed like the best way for Democrats to turn an election promise into reality.

Democratic Senate assistants say the Senate MP decided against including a minimum wage in the Democrats’ massive COVID-19 aid law

– The Associated Press (@AP) February 26, 2021

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The future of the filibuster

Without the coronavirus bill’s increase in the minimum wage, progressives have few options.

One of these options is to end the filibuster. That was what the Democrats had spoken of throughout the election cycle.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren picked up the coat again to demand an end to the filibuster.

“Democrats shouldn’t be held hostage by Mitch McConnell to help families in trouble. It’s time to get rid of the filibuster to raise the minimum wage to $ 15 and adopt other bold policies that Americans voted to implement. “

Other Democratic lawmakers pushing for the filibuster to end are Sens. Alex Padilla (D-CA), Ed Markey (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), as well as representatives Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA).

Not all Democrats are on board when it comes to getting rid of the process.

Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), one of the few Democrats who could be considered anywhere near moderate, has said he will not vote to end the filibuster.

Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) has also spoken out against it.

Democrats shouldn’t be held hostage by Mitch McConnell to help families in trouble. It’s time to get rid of the filibuster to raise the minimum wage to $ 15 and to pass the other bold directives that Americans voted to implement.

– Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) February 26, 2021

Arizona Dem Kyrsten Sinema does not support the termination of Filibuster

– #SeekingTheTruth (@TruthSeeker____) January 26, 2021

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The problem with the filibuster

The end of the filibuster is a tempting idea for Democrats. This could be a way of putting many issues on the Liberal wish list.

Although Democrats have Vice President Kamala Harris as a tie in the Senate, Republicans can block or delay legislation with a filibuster.

In early February, Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell reached a power-sharing arrangement as the Senate has an even 50-50 split.

Mitch McConnell successfully saved the filibuster in these negotiations.

What should we say to the voters in 2 years before halftime? Sorry, we couldn’t go over the $ 15 minimum wage we promised you because the Senate MP advised against it.

Two thirds of voters want this. Time to deliver.

– Pramila Jayapal (ramPramilaJayapal) February 26, 2021

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Not enough votes

Without the votes of Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, the chances are slim Democrats will end the filibuster. They need to find other ways to not only get the minimum wage increase through, but many other things that were promised to voters in November.

For now, however, some states have not waited for the federal government to act and implemented their own wage increases.

Fox News reports that the bipartisan Congressional Budget Bureau estimates that increasing the minimum wage to $ 15 an hour by 2025 would cost about 1.4 million jobs but lift 900,000 Americans out of poverty.

At the moment, ending the filibuster is something Democrats like because it would benefit them and make the party’s grassroots happy.

But if that doesn’t happen, it is certain that, as Rep. Jayapal said, “every option must be on the table”.

Every option must be on the table to hit a minimum wage of $ 15, regardless of whether an unelected MP is overridden or the filibuster terminated.

We told people we would deliver. 27 million workers are waiting for our delivery. And now we have to deliver.

– Pramila Jayapal (ramPramilaJayapal) February 26, 2021

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