Progressives in the House of Representatives may postpone Congress’s passage of Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus plan, which includes the highly anticipated $1,400 relief check to keep the $15 minimum wage increase in the massive bill .
On Friday, progressive lawmakers warned Democratic leaders that if the Senate cancels the salary increase, they can suspend voting on legislation. Their opposition may send the package back for renegotiation, which will further hinder the passage of the bill.
“There are some progressive Democrats playing a role in the House of Representatives. If we, as a party, decide to abandon the promise of raising the minimum wage, I think this is very false. As a party, we can have further discussions on this. How to fight for it. .
In the early hours of Saturday morning, the House of Representatives passed the relief bill with a vote of 21
Now that the legislation on assistance has been submitted to the Senate, it is expected that the minimum wage will be raised by $15 for amendment. Then send it back to the House of Representatives to vote again.
The House bill includes raising the federal minimum wage by 2025, a measure that has been strongly opposed by Republicans and some moderate Democrats. However, Senator Elizabeth MacDonough, a member of the Senate who has no partisan explanation, recently stated that it does not meet the requirements for a settlement.
Senate Democrats have paved the way to use the budget process to pass legislation with a simple majority, because the House of Representatives is decided by a tie by Vice President Kamala Harris. However, with MacDonough’s ruling, members of the party are now spending the entire weekend exploring other ways to pass this measure.
Representative Pramila Jayapal from Washington, chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, told reporters that if Democrats cannot find a way to raise their wages, they may lose the support of progressives.
“I don’t think we can go back to voters and say, “Listen, I know Republicans, Democrats, and independents support this; we promised, but because of the non-elected members of Congress who gave us the ruling party, we It can’t be done,’” she said. “There are a lot of great things in the packaging, but if it’s watered down, it’s going to be a completely different problem. So we just need to see what it will become in the end. “
On Friday, Ocasio-Cortez (Ocasio-Cortez) also warned the Biden administration that the minimum wage debate “lays the foundation for our effectiveness in the remaining term.”
Jayapal urged Harris to veto MacDonough. Although the vice president has the power to overturn the decision of a congressman, she does not expect to do so.
Senator Bernie Sanders, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, said on Thursday that he would propose an amendment that would “never pay workers at least $15 an hour for large, profitable companies China cuts and exempts taxes and provides small businesses with incentives that they need to raise wages.”
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