Any increase is better than no increase?
This may be the question some Senate Democrats are asking themselves as they try to move up to a $ 1
Democrats have made it clear they want to raise the federal minimum wage to that number, but a near-fatal blow came last week when a Senate lawmaker decided the increase should not be included in the measure.
There also seems to be little hope that the Senate will remove the filibuster. Politico said Monday that the party “may be at risk of getting nothing unless it commits to Republicans.”
Democrats have a 10-vote majority in the House and are tied in the Senate 50-50. Democratic Secretary of State Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kirsten Cinema of Arizona have voiced opposition to raising the minimum wage in the relief bill, while others have expressed moderate concern.
In order for the Senate to pass the bill – including a pay rise – it will need every Democrat and win more than 10 Republicans to reach the 60-vote threshold. The number is impossible by adding the minimum wage the way it is currently written. But some Republicans seem willing to negotiate.
Sen. Tom Cotton and Mitt Romney wrote on FoxNews.com on Monday that it was time to raise the minimum wage.
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But they wrote: “Many Democrats are imprisoned under a frivolous scheme to raise the minimum wage to $ 15 an hour. Their plan has no votes to pass, and even if it did, a $ 15 minimum wage would destroy 1.4 million jobs. , according to the non-partisan budget service of Congress (CBO). “
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Their bill, called the Higher Wage Act for American Workers, “will raise the federal minimum wage to $ 10 an hour over time and ensure that all profits go to legal workers, not illegal immigrants.”
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Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who is considered moderate, told Politico she did not understand the all-or-nothing approach.
“Going from $ 7.25 to $ 10 an hour … is a significant and long overdue increase. Then why the progressives who [Sen.] Chuck [Schumer] is it clear that listening opposes this? It sounds like Chuck wants a problem, not a solution. “
The Associated Press contributed to this report