While Democrats have pushed for the increase to be included, removing it could actually make the law easier, high-ranking Democratic sources believe, as it will avoid a messy argument about whether to delete the law and compromise.
The increase will likely still be included in the house bill that the Chamber will vote on 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.
The decision marks the end of a multi-week effort by Vermont-independent Senate Budget Chair Bernie Sanders to incorporate the provision into the bill.
“We are deeply disappointed with this decision,” said Chuck Schumer, chairman of the Senate majority, in a statement following the verdict. “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.”
But the ruling will likely make it easier for Schumer to get his members on board, as the minimum wage increase had been a key sticking point for moderates like Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.
There are no viable options for using Senate procedures to keep the wage increase on the bill.
In the House of Representatives, progressive Democratic MP Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York 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 were the ones to take 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, got 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.