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The $15 minimum wage is struck from the Democratic stimulus plan

Added 02-25-21 08:14:02pm EST - “The Senate parliamentarian ruled on Thursday evening to remove the wage bump from the reconciliation package.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “The $15 minimum wage is struck from the Democratic stimulus plan”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Senate parliamentarian ruled on Thursday evening that a $15 minimum wage provision cannot stay in the President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus package, according to a Senate Democratic aide familiar with the decision.

The parliamentarian, Elizabeth MacDonough, said the provision's effect on the federal budget was "merely incidental," the aide said. That violates the strict guidelines under the reconciliation process that Democrats are employing to approve the legislation in the Senate with a simple majority of 51 votes.

The decision deals a major blow to progressives and Sen. Bernie Sanders, who championed the wage increase as a pay raise to hourly workers. He played a critical role pushing the minimum wage increase through the complex process. Sanders chairs the Senate Budget Committee, which has jurisdiction over the process.

"It's gonna be in reconciliation if I have anything to say about it — it's the only way we're gonna get it passed," he told Insider earlier this month.

Reconciliation carries stringent procedures, key among them the Byrd rule. It outlines that element of a bill must be related to the federal budget. The parliamentarian interprets whether a piece of legislation complies with the guidelines.

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