Democrats Reveal $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 Relief Bill Containing $15 Minimum WageEpoch Times, United States politics | The Epoch Times

House Democrats released their $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief proposal which contains a controversial federally-imposed $15 per hour minimum wage. In an attempt to bypass the necessity for Republican votes, Democrats are trying to push the bill through the budget reconciliation process. All Democrat senators would have to vote in favor of the bill, however, Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) have expressed objection to the minimum wage proposal. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) also backed a Republican amendment blocking the raising of the federal minimum wage to $15. “It was never my intention to increase the minimum wage to $15 immediately and during the pandemic,” Sanders said. The Congressional Budget Office released a report projecting that an estimated million people would be “lifted” out of poverty with an increase in the minimum wage, but the report also found that the change would result in the loss of 1.4 million jobs. …Read More

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