The U.S. Senate just sent a clear message to the far-Left progressives in Congress.
On Thursday, a Senate parliamentarian ruled The Senate Democrats cannot include a $15 minimum wage increase in their behemoth $1.9 trillion Coronavirus Relief Package.
Recent economic reports determined the federal minimum wage increase would disproportionately affect small and medium sized business – a heavy blow given the current state of the economy. The move to increase the federal minimum wage comes as far-Left lawmakers rush to crowbar their own agenda into the massive spending bill.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders argued the minimum wage increase met certain requirements that would allow Senate to pass the COVID spending package without any Republican support, or just 51 votes. Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough wholly rejected their arguments.
The Democrats may try to overrule MacDonough with a majority vote in the Senate, but members of their own party are skeptical.
The House on Friday is slated to pass the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 aid package.
Sources close to Speaker Nancy Pelosi say the House will include the $15 minimum wage increase despite the parliamentarian rule on Thursday.
The provision with which the Democrats plan to pass the COVID-19 spending package without Republican support has existed on shaky ground since its conception. The minimum wage hike breaks the rules of reconciliation, which would exempt the bill from the Democrat’s sneaky budgetary tactic.
Democrats will likely be forced to abandon their budget reconciliation tactic and take up the minimum wage increase in separate legislation.