April 16, 2021

Pelosi doubles down on minimum rage hike despite procedural obstacles

President Joe Biden and Democrat leaders like Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) were all but guaranteed to have success on including a $15 per hour federal minimum wage hike in the upcoming COVID-19 relief package until late this week, the Senate parliamentarian put the brakes on the provision.

According to The Hill, Pelosi and a number of her colleagues in both chambers of Congress are now scrambling to make it happen by digging deep in the political toolbag, with the Speaker telling reporters in a quick press briefing that she and her colleagues “will not rest” until they figure out how to pass the provision.

Some Democrats have already proposed a plan B situation, in which they’re discussing levying a tax on large companies who currently pay their employees less than minimum wage.

The White House, however, acknowledged that there could be other ways to accomplish passing a minimum wage hike, but signaled that they’re worried if Congress spends too much time debating the finer points of what a plan B would look like, the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package could be at risk of not sailing smoothly through Congress.

“Meanwhile our focus will be on the urgent priority of getting this package passed and delivering the relief that is so desperately needed — $1400 rescue checks for most Americans, funding to get this virus under control, aid to get our schools reopened and desperately needed help for the people who have been hardest hit by this crisis,” a White House spokesperson said in response to the continued talks.

Others in Congress, including Republicans, have signaled support for a minimum wage increase but at lower levels, around the $10 range, which would still be a significant increase from the current level of $7.25 per hour, which has been the rate since 2009.

However, Pelosi and many of the progressive lawmakers in her party have promised repeatedly that $15 per hour is the magic number, so it wouldn’t be surprising to find out that somehow, some way, they manage to push it through, regardless, or face harsh backlash from their constituents.

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83 Responses

  1. A WARNING TO THE WISE
    DO SOME FIGUREING ON YOUR OWN
    $ 15 PER HOUR WILL MAKE YOU A SLAVE OF THE STATE !!!
    THATS $ 28,800.00 PER YEAR WITH A PROPOSED TAX RATE AT 80%
    THATS $ 23,040.00
    THAT LEAVES YOU WITH $ 5,760.00 NET PAY PER YEAT

  2. Insane arithmetic! One more step in pushing outlandish inflation and for a few years destroying young people’s incentive to advance their education and skill to better pay.

    This whole Communist drive, in the Democrat party, is to kill the incentive to better oneself and to just give in to being supported by whatever the government allows them. The entire country will then collapse because the free-enterprise system is the only method of government support except for forced labor.

    Do not act like ignorant sheep, appose all of these asinine ideas from the left.

    1. She should be a poster child for having the intellect of speed bump, hell she could be a speed bump for all anyone cares

  3. When she uses the word “value” I want to barf. She has no values and neither does the rest of DC. The
    demos have carte blanche. They can lie, steal, kill and cheat and never pay the price. Their biggest
    concern is destroying republicans and conservatives.

  4. HOW JUST HOW CAN PELOSI GET AWAY WITH HER UNAMERICAN POLICIES ,SHE’S COMMITTED ENOUGH CRIMES HERSELF NOT TO BE IMPEACHED! MAGA !

  5. If they raise the minimum wage to $15 hr. just how do you think the businesses will pay for it? Out of their profits? Hell no! What they will do is raise prices and there goes your minimum wage and those that rely on pensions, 401k’s, and Social Security will suffer as their income will not go up but the cost of Living will go way up! Think about that you idiots!

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