The parliamentary guidelines of the Senate in opposition to the inclusion of the minimal wage within the Covid Support Act
While Democrats had pushed for the surge to be included – and leadership expressed disappointment Thursday night – its overturning could actually make the bill easier, senior Democratic sources believe, because it will avoid a chaotic argument over whether to get it out of the country The bill brushes and whether one compromises.
“President Biden is disappointed with this result when he proposed that the $ 15 minimum wage be included as part of the US bailout plan,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement. “He respects the decision of the parliamentarian and the process of the Senate.”
Currently, the ruling is not a defeat but is seen as a trailblazer for the Senate to pass the bill, a Biden government official told CNN.
House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi said Thursday evening the provision would remain in the House bill that the house will vote on Friday. However, the MP ruled that the increase to $ 15 an hour was not in line with the stringent guidelines needed to move the Senate’s reconciliation process forward. This means that the House will have to pass its bill, the Senate will have to remove the minimum wage regulation, and the House will eventually have to pass this bill again at the end of the process.
But the ruling will likely make it easier for Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer to get his members behind the bill, as raising the minimum wage for moderates like Sens. Kyrsten Sinema from Arizona and Joe Manchin from West Virginia had been a key sticking point.
There are no viable options for using Senate procedures to keep the wage increase on the bill.
White House officials, aware of the potential math problem with Senate Democrats if the minimum wage increase was included in the final package, had expected the provision to be removed, the administration official told CNN.
While there had been discussions about what would happen if it weren’t for it, President Joe Biden’s top advisors were pretty sure it would come out – something Biden himself alluded to publicly several times.
The MP’s decision removes a significant potential hurdle from the game, officials admitted. While Biden will seek to secure an increase on his own, officials know that there is no way through the Senate due to Republican and Democratic opposition.
“We are deeply disappointed with this decision,” said Schumer in a statement following the judgment. “We’re not going to give up the fight to raise the minimum wage to $ 15 to help millions of struggling American workers and their families. The American people deserve it, and we’re committed to making it a reality.”
The MP’s decision marks the end of a multi-week effort by Vermont-independent Senate Budget Chairman Bernie Sanders to incorporate the provision into the relief bill.
“I do not agree with today’s decision of the Senate MP,” said Sanders in a statement on Thursday evening. “The (Congressional Budget Office) made it absolutely clear that raising the minimum wage to $ 15 an hour would have a significant budgetary impact and should be allowed under reconciliation. I have a hard time understanding how oil drilling in the Arctic National is Wildlife Refuge This is considered compatible with the Byrd Rule, while an increase in the minimum wage is not, “added Sanders, referring to the rule – named after the late Senator Robert C. Byrd – that allowed the admission” foreign “measures usually prohibit the budget process that the Democrats use to send the Covid-19 aid package to Biden’s desk by early March.
“Let’s be clear: the minimum wage hike is a relief for COVID-19,” said Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal, chairwoman of the Progressive Congressional Caucus, in a statement responding to the ruling. “We just cannot go back to the black, brown, AAPI, indigenous, poor and worker voters that the White House and Senate majority gave us and tell them that an unelected MP is advising us based on arcane rules I couldn’t raise the minimum wage as promised, “she added, calling on the Senate to reform the filibuster” so that populist and necessary measures like the $ 15 minimum wage can be passed with a majority in the Senate. “
New York City Progressive Democratic MP Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told CNN earlier this week that she would continue to support Covid’s aid package if the MP lifted the minimum wage, but not if politicians took it out. For Ocasio-Cortez, members of their own party who cut or cut the minimum wage would have split the bill. Rep. Ilhan Omar, a progressive Democrat from Minnesota, echoed these views.
Senate MP Elizabeth MacDonough, a little-known but powerful Senate official, had come under the spotlight this week. Democrats were anxious to see whether the minimum wage increase in the president’s aid package would survive. MacDonough is the first woman to serve in the role of Senate MP – an impartial role – since that position was created in the 1930s.
This story has been updated with additional details.
Annie Grayer, Phil Mattingly, and Clare Foran contributed to this report.