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Cenk Uygur Wages Relentless Campaign to Pressure Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders on Mandatory $15 Minimum Wage Into Covid Bill

Added 03-03-21 09:34:01am EST - “The Young Turks' Cenk Uygur called on Vice President Kamala Harris and Senator Bernie Sanders to continue the fight for a $15 minimum wage.” - Mediaite.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Mediaite.com: “Cenk Uygur Urges Kamala Harris to Fight for Minimum Wage Hike”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur is amping up pressure on both Vice President Kamala Harris and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to continue the fight for a mandatory $15 minimum wage.

As Congress deliberates over a new coronavirus economic relief package, Sanders and Democrats have been pushing for the bill to include an increase in the minimum wage. The provision’s biggest obstacle lies in the fact that Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough ruled that the wage increase should be kept out of the Covid bill, and it might have to overcome a possible filibuster.

The White House will reportedly not try to pressure the parliamentarian’s decision, even though progressives in Congress are demanding its inclusion in the final package. Sanders has responded to the ruling by saying Democrats should “ignore” it, plus he told reporters he will force a vote on an amendment to raise the federal minimum wage this week.

“Given the enormous crises facing this country and the desperation of working families, we have got to as soon as possible end the filibuster,” he said. “We cannot have a minority of members define what the American people want.”

Uygur has been among the most prominent voices calling for a wage hike, and on Tuesday night, he thanked Sanders for his pledge to force a Senate vote on it. He went on by explaining that as Vice President and Presiding Chair of the Senate, Harris is the one with actual authority to decide whether or not the wage hike is included in the stimulus package.

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