Sanders ‘Confident’ $15 Minimum Wage Will Pass Senate Without Republican Support
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Chair of the Senate Budget Committee Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Saturday he’s confident Democrats can pass a proposed minimum wage increase as part of the next stimulus bill without Republican support, despite uncertainty over the rules governing the limitations of budget reconciliation, a procedure Democrats are using to bypass Republican support for the next relief package.
Following discussions with the Senate parliamentarian, which studies and interprets the chamber’s rules, Sanders told CNN Saturday that the minimum wage increase has a “much greater impact” on the federal budget than two provisions previously passed by Republicans under reconciliation.
Sanders said that precedent makes him “confident” the parliamentarian will decide the proposal satisfies the Byrd Rule, which dictates that any provision passed under reconciliation must be related in some way to the federal budget.
Earlier this month, Sanders pointed to a study from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office that concluded a $15 minimum wage would increase the deficit by less than $1 million over 10 years, and other studies indicating it could actually reduce the deficit, therefore showing it would have a “direct and substantial impact on the federal budget.”
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February 20, 2021 at 9:51 PM #405290Ohio BarbarianModerator
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I’ll believe it when I see it, though. And the bill takes what, four years to increase the minimum wage to $15? By then it’ll need to be $25 or something an hour to match the buying power of the minimum wage in 1970.
It’s better than nothing, but still not nearly enough.
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February 21, 2021 at 6:03 AM #405360eridaniParticipant
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Sanders has long been at the forefront of the minimum wage fight. One of his first pieces of legislation, introduced in 1993, was the Liveable Wage Act, which would have increased the minimum wage based on the cost of living. The bill never received a vote, but he reintroduced it in 1995, 1997, and 1999 and in 2013 proposed a $10.10 federal minimum wage.
Sanders announced his first $15 an hour wage legislation in July 2015 at a Good Jobs Nation protest with federal contract workers who were demonstrating for better wages and pro-union executive orders from President Barack Obama.
Sanders made a $15 minimum wage a central part of his 2016 presidential campaign, and though Hilary Clinton won the nomination, Sanders’s propensity for bringing “radical” ideas into the mainstream left a notable mark on the Democratic Party’s platform.
During Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, the Democratic Party platform stated that it would “raise the minimum wage, and index it to inflation.” What the wage would be raised to went unmentioned, and the party failed to pass any legislation.
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