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    (CNN)In the last several days, we've seen the earliest signs of Democratic divisions popping up. In a normal Senate where there were a few votes to spare, one member wouldn't have so much power. But, if you have watched closely, you've seen the wave that a single senator's comments can bring when they talk about what they can support in a bill or in a nominee. Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona has done this on the minimum wage. Sen. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, has almost single handedly sunk a Biden nominee with a statement. That's going to be the emerging story of the next two years.The Biden administration and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer have their work cut out for them when it comes to advancing their agenda and that's not because they are bad at whipping votes or laying out a policy vision. It's because the numbers...
    (CNN)A little known but powerful Senate official is being thrust into the spotlight this week as Democrats are eager to see whether an increase to the federal minimum wage will be kept in President Joe Biden's Covid relief package.Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough has been advising the chamber on how its rules, protocols and precedents should be applied -- and now she'll have to decide whether the $15 minimum wage provision is allowed under the budget reconciliation process.Everything you need to know about the debate over the $15 minimum wageDemocrats and the White House are attempting to push Biden's $1.9 trillion Covid relief package through the Senate by reconciliation, meaning the bill could pass with a simply majority of 51 votes and not require 60 votes to overcome a filibuster. Reconciliation, however, has a strict set of rules, and provisions have to undergo a review of whether it has an impact...
    More On: minimum wage Walmart to raise workers’ average pay to $15 an hour Romney-Cotton bill seeks wage hike, barring illegal aliens from taking jobs Mark Cuban proves he’s unfit for the White House and other commentary House Dems backing push for $15 minimum wage paid their workers less Leading progressive Democrats are expressing confidence that President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package will include a provision setting the federal minimum wage at $15 per hour. In a statement released over the weekend, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said he was optimistic that the Senate parliamentarian would permit the change. “Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour is not incidental to the federal budget and is permissible under the rules of reconciliation,” the socialist Democrat said, “The CBO has found that the $15 minimum wage has a much greater impact on the federal budget than opening...
    BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images Some members of the White House press worked overtime to fill the post-Trump content hole by pressing the Biden administration at length about President Joe Biden’s private statements on the $15 minimum wage — even after it was pointed out that they are identical to his public statements. On Thursday, Politico published a misleading story alleging that the president “privately tells governors: Minimum wage hike likely isn’t happening.” What he actually said was that the minimum wage hike would likely be stricken from the Covid relief bill by the Senate parliamentarian due to the rules surrounding the reconciliation process — which will allow the bill to pass with a simple majority. In fact, as the article itself noted, Biden has said this exact thing in public, at length, and repeatedly — most notably before an obscure and little-known event called The Super Bowl. And when he said...
    (CNN)Sen. Bernie Sanders argued Saturday that raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour isn't "incidental" to the federal budget, despite skepticism from Capitol Hill and the White House of its future in the President's Covid-19 relief package."I'm very proud of the strong arguments our legal team is making to the parliamentarian that raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour is not 'incidental' to the federal budget and is permissible under the rules of reconciliation," the Vermont independent told CNN on Saturday. Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour stands as the biggest obstacle to getting President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill across the finish line. Some congressional Democrats doubt the provision will be allowed under the guardrails of reconciliation, a budget process that requires each provision to adhere to a strict set of rules, while a handful of moderate members have made it clear privately...
    Stefani Reynolds/Getty Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.The federal minimum wage could soon change. On the campaign trail, President Joe Biden said one of his main priorities was to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. And as chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has attempted to include that raise in the work-in-progress $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package proposed by Democrats. But there’s a hitch. As my colleague Andrea Guzman wrote yesterday, “It’s unclear if the rules of reconciliation—the maneuver Senate Democrats plan to use to pass the bill—will allow the provision to stand.” There is an inclination it might. A Monday letter from the Congressional Budget Office looks promising. So (putting aside the potential problems of moderate Democrats unwilling to vote for it) the decision...
    (CNN)West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin has privately informed President Joe Biden that he won't join any Democratic efforts to force through provisions in his economic rescue package if they are ruled in violation of strict Senate budget restrictions, the latest warning sign for Biden's push for a hike to the federal minimum wage. Manchin's declaration is significant because it means that Democrats won't be able to maneuver around an adverse ruling from the Senate's parliamentarian without risking their chances of passing Biden's massive $1.9 trillion rescue package in a Senate split 50-50 between the two parties. At issue is the Senate's long-standing Byrd Rule, which prohibits including "extraneous" measures as part of the budget process that Democrats are employing to send the Covid-19 relief package to Biden's desk by early March. Democrats' push to include an increase of the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour could run afoul of...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Union activist Terrence Wise recalls being laughed at when he began pushing for a national $15 per hour minimum wage almost a decade ago. Nearly a year into the pandemic, the idea isn’t so funny. The coronavirus has renewed focus on challenges facing hourly employees who have continued working in grocery stores, gas stations and other in-person locations even as much of the workforce has shifted to virtual environments. President Joe Biden has responded by including a provision in the massive pandemic relief bill that would more than double the minimum wage from the current $7.25 to $15 per hour. But the effort is facing an unexpected roadblock: Biden himself. The president has seemingly undermined the push to raise the minimum wage by acknowledging its dim prospects in Congress, where it faces political opposition and procedural hurdles. That’s frustrating to activists like Wise, who worry their victory...
    By WILL WEISSERT and ALEXANDRA JAFFE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Union activist Terrance Wise recalls being laughed at when he began pushing for a national $15 per hour minimum wage almost a decade ago. Nearly a year into the pandemic, the idea isn't so funny. The coronavirus has renewed focus on challenges facing hourly employees who have continued working in grocery stores, gas stations and other in-person locations even as much of the workforce has shifted to virtual environments. President Joe Biden has responded by including a provision in the massive pandemic relief bill that would more than double the minimum wage from the current $7.25 to $15 per hour. But the effort is facing an unexpected roadblock: Biden himself. The president has seemingly undermined the push to raise the minimum wage by acknowledging its dim prospects in Congress, where it faces political opposition and procedural hurdles. That's frustrating...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Union activist Terrance Wise recalls being laughed at when he began pushing for a national $15 per hour minimum wage almost a decade ago. Nearly a year into the pandemic, the idea isn’t so funny. The coronavirus has renewed focus on challenges facing hourly employees who have continued working in grocery stores, gas stations and other in-person locations even as much of the workforce has shifted to virtual environments. President Joe Biden has responded by including a provision in the massive pandemic relief bill that would more than double the minimum wage from the current $7.25 to $15 per hour. But the effort is facing an unexpected roadblock: Biden himself. The president has seemingly undermined the push to raise the minimum wage by acknowledging its dim prospects in Congress, where it faces political opposition and procedural hurdles. That’s frustrating to activists like Wise, who worry their victory...
    Vice President Kamala Harris is also the presiding officer of the Senate and could issue important rulings in favor of Democrats that would allow them to enact Joe Biden's agenda. Astute politics observers well know that the Senate filibuster—the Jim Crow relic that requires supermajority support to pass most legislation—is a major obstacle for any hopes that Democrats have of enacting Joe Biden’s agenda and righting the country after four years of wicked misrule. But because a handful of Democratic senators (as well as all Republicans) oppose curtailing the rule—for now, at least—party leaders are pursuing an alternative route that will allow them to bypass the filibuster and pass major bills with just a simple majority. It’s called reconciliation, and it’s a complicated beast. If you’ve heard about it, you may have read that it can only be used in a limited fashion. But that’s simply not so. Democrats can...
    U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) participates in a news conference on the third day of the Senate impeachment trial of former U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington, February 11, 2021.Erin Scott | Reuters House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday said that a $15 federal minimum wage will be included in the coronavirus aid package the House is preparing to send to the Senate. "We're very proud of that," she told reporters during a weekly press briefing. "As I've said, 27 million people will get a raise, 70% of them women." Confirmation that the $15 federal minimum wage will be included in the latest version of the $1.9 trillion bill comes just days after the Senate voted on a nonbinding agreement to ban raising the minimum wage during the pandemic. Still, House Democrats have pushed to keep the wage hike in its version of President Joe Biden's American...
    President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan continues to garner massive public support, one survey this week—the CBS News/YouGov poll showing 83% support for the package. That's coupled with a new CNBC survey showing 63% support from small businesses. That's with the proposal that would set the minimum wage at $11/hour increasing to $15/hour in 2025. That proposal is now the most contentious among Democrats, with House Democrats and Biden having ended the survival check fight by rejecting Sen. Joe Machin's push for austerity. They need to take the same approach to the minimum wage: just do it. As of Thursday, it's in the bill, with the House Education and Labor Committee approving it in their portion of the total bill Wednesday in a 27-21 party-line vote. Virginia Democrat Rep. Bobby Scott, the committee chair, declared after passage "This will lift nearly 1 million people out of poverty and...
    President Biden will not fight for the federal minimum wage to be raised to $15 per hour as part of a coronavirus relief package Democrats are preparing to push through Congress, a top aide said. Biden is “firmly committed" to increasing the minimum wage, White House press secretary Jen Psaki insisted Monday, a day after the president told CBS he supported the proposal but does not believe it would "survive" the same special Senate rule he says he is willing to rely on to push his "American Rescue Plan" through Congress if talks with Republicans about a bipartisan alternative fail. "We’ll see what the parliamentarian decides, and then we’ll see what additional options are, but we’re getting a little ahead of where we are at this point in the process," Psaki said during her daily press briefing. Reconciliation is a budgetary procedure that will allow Democrats to pass the proposal...
    Arcep has a new president. This is the Member of Parliament for Eure-et-Loir (Agir) Laure de La Raudière. At 55, she became the first parliamentarian, and the first woman, to take the reins of the telecoms regulator. His appointment was proposed by the Elysée. But it remained for this fine connoisseur of telecoms and digital to see her name validated by the economic affairs committees of the National Assembly and the Senate. After his hearing in the Senate on Wednesday, the votes of the two assemblies were revealed. And both are largely in favor of the parliamentarian. 25 out of 28 deputies and 13 out of 18 senators gave a favorable opinion. A plebiscite. Laure de La Raudière will therefore direct Arcep for the next six … Follow La Tribune Share economic information, receive our newsletters
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