The Vermont senator’s announcement came as the White House and Senate Democrats signaled a retreat from the effort to include a minimum wage increase in the coronavirus relief package after the parliamentarian advised last week that the measure would run afoul of the Byrd Rule, which requires provisions of reconciliation bills to have a direct—not “merely incidental”—impact on the federal budget.
Citing two anonymous Democratic aides, the Washington Post reported Monday that “Senate Democrats will move forward with a version of the relief bill that does not attempt to raise the minimum wage.” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a floor speech Monday that the chamber will begin voting on the sprawling relief package this week, with an initial procedural vote expected as early as Wednesday.
In his statement Monday night, Sanders said he was “extremely disappointed by the decision of the parliamentarian, who ruled that the minimum wage provision was inconsistent with the Byrd Rule and the reconciliation process.”
Echoing the calls of progressive House Democrats and dozens of grassroots advocacy groups representing millions of people across the U.S., Sanders said his “own personal view is that the Senate should ignore the parliamentarian’s advice, which is wrong in a number of respects.”
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