Senate to vote on stimulus this week as key deadlines approach


He and Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., worked on an amendment to the bill that would penalize big corporations that pay their employees less than $15 an hour, CNBC reported. "Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said on Mehdi Hasan's inaugural segment on MSNBC that they "should override the parliamentarian", asserting that "constituents and people across this country put Democrats in power" to raise the baseline wage.After a weekend of activity, Khanna sent a one-page letter with 22 Democrats early on Monday, including those involved in the text exchange and other top members like Ocasio-Cortez, to Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris calling on them to "refute" MacDonough's recommendation.Khanna, a leading progressive who co-chaired Sanders" presidential campaign, has also been "in touch" with the White House over the issue. "Only democrats voted for it". "If we don't overrule the Senate parliamentarian, we are condoning poverty wages for millions of Americans". Any attempt to drop the provision would likely provoke defections, a daunting prospect considering the stimulus passed the House with a 219-212 margin on Saturday. "Not Republicans. Not the Senate parliamentarian".

Democrats and some Republicans have voiced support for the idea of raising the minimum wage, now $7.25, for the first time since 2009, though they disagree on how much.

Despite disappointment from many in his party, the president called on Congress to quickly adopt the rest of the package.

But those ideas seem to lack enough Democratic support to succeed.

President Joe Biden's COVID-19 relief plan recently passed the House and is on its way to the Senate.

"We're leaving it open", said Progressive Caucus Chairwoman Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat from Washington state, when asked by CNN whether progressives are prepared to withhold their votes on the Covid package if the legislation returns to the House next week from the Senate without the minimum wage proposal included.

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Noting that the "vast bipartisan majority of Americans support" raising the wage, the groups tell Biden in their letter that he "simply must rise up for the communities who turned out in record numbers to elect him and support the Vice President in taking this action on behalf of his Administration".

While critics spent the weekend blasting the president and vice president for hiding behind the Senate rules, Nwanevu was among those who said an alternative path is clearly possible - if only Biden were willing to fight. Some moderate Democrats, including Senator Joe Manchin, have rejected the $15 figure as too high and suggested an $11 target could be more realistic.

"It's clear why the Senate must pass this bill: families continue facing economic anxiety, unemployment claims are skyrocketing, and people are behind on rent and facing household hunger", said Jealous. "Every element of this package is critically important, and they must not be whittled down in the Senate".

Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., suggested there is no excuse for every single Democrat in the Senate not to get on board with the $15 wage that Biden vowed to pass throughout the election season previous year.

"This issue of will there be the votes in the Senate on final package is pretty simple", Khanna said Saturday.

In the meantime, the Senate faces a looming deadline to pass the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill before the middle of the month, when enhanced unemployment benefits run out for the millions of Americans who have lost their jobs during the pandemic, which has killed more than 500,000 in the United States. Republicans tried to use reconciliation to repeal Obamacare; however, reconciliation's rules on spending limited the scope of the degree to which they could try to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). "First, we promised workers that we'd give them a long-overdue raise".