Bernie Sanders says Democrats have a room stuffed with legal professionals combating for a minimal wage of $ 15 an hour
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said the Democrats on the Senate Budget Committee have a team of attorneys trying to include the $ 15 / hour minimum wage increase in the rules for stimulus reconciliation.
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Senator Bernie Sanders says his Budgets Committee has a ton of attorneys arguing to the MP that raising the minimum wage to $ 15 / hour is included in the reconciliation rules for the stimulus package. #SOTU pic.twitter.com/9edzwhS9CJ
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Senator Sanders said of CNN’s State Of The Union, “The President supports a minimum wage of $ 15 an hour. I do. The last poll I saw got 62% of Americans backing it. Because at the end of the day we find ourselves in the midst of massive income, wealth and equality. The people at the top are doing phenomenally well, yet literally tens of millions of Americans work for starvation wages. You can’t do it at $ 9 or $ 10 an hour in any state in this country. We need to raise that minimum wage to $ 15 an hour. I can tell you, as chairman of the Committee on Budgets, that we have quite a number of lawyers who are working as hard as possible to make it clear to the parliamentarian that the increase in the minimum wage will indeed have a significant budgetary impact and indeed should be consistent stand with the rules of reconciliation. “
Sanders said before Democrats can get to the point where Vice President Harris could override the MP, he would need 50 votes to support the increase and overcome parliamentary hurdles first.
Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) would like a smaller increase to $ 11 / hour, so the logical compromise would be $ 13 / hour.
The minimum wage has not increased since 2009. A CBO study found that 27 million workers would be lifted out of poverty on an hourly wage of $ 15.
The same study found that 0.8% of workers would lose their jobs below a minimum wage of $ 15 / hour. These job losses would easily be offset by a growing economy, as the US economy is expected to do under the Biden incentive.
Even a smaller increase in the minimum wage would lift tens of millions of workers out of poverty.
If the Democrats get past parliamentarians, the minimum wage will rise for millions of workers.
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Mr. Easley is the Founder / Executive Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.
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