Senate Parliamentarian Rules Minimum Wage Increase Ineligible for Budget Reconciliation

Headline Roundup February 26th, 2021

Democrats cannot use budget reconciliation to pass a $15 minimum wage as part of their $1.9 trillion stimulus package, Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough ruled Thursday. Without budget reconciliation, efforts to raise the minimum wage to $15 would be unlikely to reach the 60-vote threshold required to overcome a Republican filibuster. While the move drew criticism from progressives like Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Ilhan Omar, the White House reportedly does not plan to challenge the ruling. Despite this, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday evening that she would still try to pass the full stimulus package in the House, including the $15 minimum wage.

Coverage from across the spectrum followed similar narratives and included brief analysis of various political figures’ responses to the ruling.

Senate Parliamentarian Rules Minimum Wage Increase Ineligible for Budget Reconciliation

From the Center
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Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough has told senators that the federal minimum wage increase President Joe Biden and Democrats have been seeking would violate the chamber's rules for inclusion in a filibuster-proof pandemic relief reconciliation bill.

Two sources familiar with the discussions confirmed the ruling, which emerged after arguments from aides to both parties in closed-door meetings with MacDonough this week.

The decision dealt a blow to Democratic hopes of tacking the long-sought rise in the minimum wage onto the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package that's taking shape. While the provision...

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From the Left
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The Senate parliamentarian has ruled against including the increase in the minimum wage in the Covid relief bill.

While Democrats had pushed for the increase to be included -- and leadership expressed its disappointment in the ruling Thursday evening -- its removal may actually make it easier to pass the bill, senior Democratic sources believe, because it'll avoid a messy fight over whether to strip it out of the bill and whether to compromise.

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Democrats cannot include a $15 minimum wage mandate in their COVID-19 spending package, the Senate parliamentarian ruled Thursday.

Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough rejected arguments by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders that a minimum wage increase conformed to special rules allowing the Senate to pass the COVID-19 spending package with only 51 votes, a source familiar told the Washington Examiner.

Democrats can try to vote to overrule MacDonough with a majority vote, but some lawmakers in their own party would likely object.

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