Democrat Senator Kyrsten Sinema has practically doomed the Democrat plan to push through a $15 Minimum Wage hike by saying she won’t vote for it.
With the Senate split evenly 50/50 between Democrats and Republicans, any Democrat defecting to the GOP side in any particular vote necessarily dooms the Democrat effort. And it looks like the so-called “drive for $15” is a dead letter in the Senate with Sinema’s decision not to vote for the bill.
Now, if the GOP stands strong and has no defectors of its own, the bill will fail.
Per the Daily Mail:
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What’s important is whether or not it’s directly related to short-term Covid relief. And if it’s not, then I am not going to support it in this legislation,’ Sinema told Politico in an interview. ‘The minimum wage provision is not appropriate for the reconciliation process. It is not a budget item. And it shouldn’t be in there.’
Democrats hoped to pass the measure as part of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID relief plan, which would allow them to get it through the Senate via reconciliation – a process that lets them avoid a GOP filibuster.
Republicans oppose the wage hike, claiming it will hurt small businesses and put people out of work. By using reconciliation, Democrats could bypass their objections.
Sinema also pointed out that she opposes the mere majority vote win in the U.S. Senate. “I want to restore the 60-vote threshold for all elements of the Senate’s work,” she said.
In other words, she only wants bills that can truly get bipartisan support to pass the upper chamber. She does not want bare majorities to win the day.
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