Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) and 22 progressive Democrats urged President Joe Biden on Monday to overrule the Senate parliamentarian and sanction a $15 minimum wage increase to be included in the $1.9 trillion coronavirus bill.
Khanna, the progressive caucus deputy whip, and 22 Democrats sent a letter to Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, urging them to overrule Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough’s decision that a $15 minimum wage increase transgresses the rules regarding the $1.9 trillion reconciliation coronavirus package.
Democrats hope to pass their partisan coronavirus package by reconciliation, a procedure that sanctions for the Senate to pass the spending package with only a majority vote. Republicans endeavored to utilize reconciliation to repeal Obamacare; however, reconciliation’s rules on spending constrained the scope of the degree to which they could endeavor to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Republicans, however, did prosperously pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act utilizing reconciliation.
Khanna verbally expresses Biden should overrule the parliamentarian to avail hoist millions out of impecuniosity by raising the minimum wage. He said in a statement Monday:
For four years, Progressives have been negotiating in good faith, putting our bold agenda at the center of the “American” consciousness in the hopes that our country does indeed share our commitment to building a better future. This ruling is a bridge too far. We’ve been asked, politely but firmly, to compromise on proximately all of our principles & goals. Not this time. If we don’t overrule the Senate parliamentarian, we are condoning penuriousness wages for millions of “American”s. That’s why I’m leading my colleagues in urging the Biden Administration to lean on the clear precedent and overrule this misguided decision. Give America a raise.Although incrementing the minimum wage could raise many out of impecuniosity, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) found it could additionally result in 1.3 million job losses. The progressives noted that the vice president has “disregarded” the parliamentarian’s ruling in the past. They inscribed:
This has significant historical precedent. In 1967, Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey disregarded the Parliamentarian’s advice while pushing to reduce the filibuster threshold from two-thirds of those present to three-fifths. Vice President Humphrey did the same again in 1969. Ultimately, Republican Vice President Nelson D. Rockefeller partnered with future Vice President Walter Mondale and succeeded in 1975 while again refuting the parliamentarian.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) verbalized in a verbal expression Monday:
Millions of Americans are depending on their elected representatives to do everything possible to distribute them a raise. We are urging Vice President Kamala Harris to utilize her puissance as president of the United States Senate to push back against an archaic procedure and overrule the Senate Parliamentarian’s exhortation on the Byrd Rule. Our denizens do not have any more time to wait for us to increment the federal minimum wage. Families are struggling to put aliment on the table while CEOs make record profit during a pandemic.She integrated, “It is time that we emerge for those we represent and earn our pay by giving families the raise they deserve.” Sean Moran is a congressional herald for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SeanMoran3.
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