The Senate Rule Adviser of the U.S. Congress said on the evening of the 25th that the proposal to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour was inconsistent with the Senate’s regulations, which hit Democrats’ attempt to include it in the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill.
Elizabeth McDonough, a Senate rule adviser, issued her guidance on the 25th that she believes that the proposal to “improved the minimum wage to $15 an hour” is not incompatible with the “budget settlement procedure” (b Budget reconciliation process).
And under this procedure, Democrats can bypass a two-thirds majority in the Senate and pass their proposed coronavirus relief bill by a simple majority.
McDonough’s statement means that any senator can make a proposal against raising the minimum wage, which will force the provision to be removed from the coronavirus relief bill, Politico analysts said.
White House spokesman Pusaki said Biden was “disappointed with the result”, but he “respected the decisions of Congress and the procedures of the Senate”.
Previously, Biden had proposed to raise his hourly salary to $15 as a key element of his $1.9 trillion package.
“We are deeply disappointed with this decision,” said Schumer, the Senate Majority Leader (D-P).
He said: “We will not give up our efforts to raise the minimum wage to $15 to help millions of struggling American workers and their families.
The American people deserve it, and we are committed to making it a reality.”
According to the report, congressional Republicans welcomed McDonough’s statement.
Republican Graham said that the “conciliation process” cannot be used to adopt some important legislative adjustments.
Previously, Biden and Speaker Pelosi of the U.S. House of Representatives have said that if the minimum wage to $15 per hour cannot be included in the coronavirus relief bill, they will propose legislation on raising the hourly wage standard alone.
However, if the independence bill is to pass, at least 60 senators need to support it. But Republicans have criticized the proposal of a $15 minimum hourly wage for not conducive to business development.