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Senate Democrats make final pitch for including minimum wage hike in coronavirus bill

Added 02-24-21 12:57:03pm EST - “Senate Democrats made their final pitch on Wednesday to the official who will decide whether language to increase the minimum wage can be included in their coronavirus relief bill.?” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Senate Democrats make final pitch for including minimum wage hike in coronavirus bill”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Senate Democrats made their final pitch on Wednesday to the official who will decide whether language to increase the minimum wage can be included in their coronavirus relief bill. 

Staffers met with Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough on Wednesday in a culmination of weeks of behind-the-scenes efforts by both parties to sway her as she prepares to make her decision. 

"The Senate parliamentarian is hearing arguments today on the $15 minimum wage policy included in the House version of the bill," Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerCongress holds candlelight vigil for American lives lost to COVID-19 The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Lawmakers investigate Jan. 6 security failures Senate confirms Thomas-Greenfield as UN ambassador MORE (D-N.Y.) said on the floor.  

Because Democrats are trying to pass the coronavirus bill through reconciliation — a budget process that allows it to bypass the 60-vote legislative filibuster in the Senate — it has to comply with arcane rules that determine what can be included. 

Aides indicated after Wednesday's meeting that they had not yet received a ruling, which could come in a matter of hours or slip into Thursday. 

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