“If any Senator believes this is the last time they will cast a vote on whether or not to give a raise to 32 million Americans, they are sorely mistaken,” tweeted Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont). “We’re going to keep bringing it up, and we’re going to get it done because it is what the American people demand and need.”
Though the minimum wage proposal currently faces more opposition in the Senate, progressive representatives in the House echoed Sanders’s sentiment. “I will never stop fighting to make the minimum wage a living wage,” said Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Washington). “It’s long overdue that we give 32 million workers a raise and lift a million people out of poverty.”
From here, the $15 minimum wage fight faces a tough fight. The proposal’s biggest hurdle is the filibuster in the Senate, which requires most bills to have 60 votes to end discussion or debate on a bill — a virtual impossibility with the Republican Party’s hold on 50 seats.
Democrats and progressives have been advocating for the abolishment of the filibuster, a move which moderate Democrats like Manchin and Sinema have stood against. However, over the weekend, Manchin said that he’d be open to filibuster reform, giving hope yet to progressives.
Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction