Biden Whispers: $15/Hour Wage Isn’t Happening Yet
Politico reported that Biden had been quietly told Democrat mayors and governors that it was unlikely for a sizeable COVID relief bill to include a minimum wage hike.
“I really want this in there, but it just doesn’t look like we can do it because of reconciliation,” Biden told the group, according to a person in the room. “I’m not going to give up. But right now, we have to prepare for this not making it.”
The comments were confirmed by two people who heard the conversation.
Biden told Republican and Democrat in an Oval Office meeting that he was enthusiastic for his $1.9 trillion COVID relief package but bluntly told attendees he didn’t think a wage hike would be included. “Doesn’t look like we can do it,” he said.
Biden’s fellow Democrats gave Biden criticism from other Democrats, who have long pushed for a $15 minimum wage.
“Given the makeup of the Senate, this is our best opportunity and the right moment in the midst of this pandemic, to give millions of workers a long-overdue raise,” Democrat Rep. Pramila Jayapal said.
“President Biden has been consistent in private and public about his commitment to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, which is why he included it in his first major piece of legislation,” said White House spokesperson Mike Gwin. “That commitment will remain unshaken whether or not this can be done through reconciliation.”
The current Democrat COVID bill still includes many leftist supported pork, such as providing race-based subsidies to farmers and funding colleges with partnerships with Chinese-controlled companies. Over $50 million grant handouts will be given to ‘environmental justice’ grant programs.
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