Independent Senator Bernie Sanders was the primary driver of the Senate minimum wage increase.
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Some Progressive Caucus Democrats in the House of Representatives have expressed disgust that the $ 1.9 trillion stimulus package promoted by the Biden Administration came from the Senate without provisions for the increase to the federal minimum wage of $ 15.
Although the above does not mean that approval in the legislative body is at risk, it could well extend the debate in the plenary session of the lower house.
The Democratic majority in the United States Congress has proposed to approve the “American Rescue Plan” this Wednesday after the Rules Committee establishes the rules of the debate.
Passage in the House is the last step to pass the bill in Congress, after the Senate gave way to its version of the proposal on Saturday.
Some progressive representatives like the New Jersey Democrat Bonnie Watson, have already expressed disagreement with the version of the law approved in the Senate, where the amendment of the independent was discarded Bernie Sanders to include the increase to the federal minimum wage to $ 15.
Before the Senate finally voted on the stimulus package, Watson shared a message on Twitter calling the removal of the minimum wage provision “outrageous” as well as the new limits on income levels and the reduction to $ 300 in weekly unemployment payments.
What are we doing here? I am frankly upset with some of my colleagues and I wonder if I can support this bill, “reads part of the message from the representative of the 12th District of New Jersey.
This trend is outrageous:
Reducing thresholds for payments (cutting off ~400k New Jerseyans)
Cuts to weekly payments
What are we doing here? I’m frankly disgusted with some of my colleagues and question whether I can support this bill.
— Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (@RepBonnie) March 5, 2021
Your colleague, the representative for New York, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, he retweeted that message.
The same way, Rashida Tlaib shared Watson’s tweet.
Tlaib even took it against the Arizona Senator Kyrsten Lea Sinema, who along with other moderate Democrats, voted against Sanders’ amendment.
No one should ever be this happy to vote against uplifting people out of poverty. This is Senator Sinema voting no on $15 minimum wage. https://t.co/qNfYy8co4m
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) March 6, 2021
“No one should be so happy to vote against lifting people out of poverty. This is Senator Sinema voting against raising the minimum wage to $ 15, ”reads Tlaib’s tweet.
This Tuesday, Watson posted a message on the network in which he indicated that he will vote in favor of the measure.
— Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (@RepBonnie) March 9, 2021
However, the Democrat is expected to make a statement on the proposal as part of the debate on the parts of the measure approved in the Senate with which she does not agree.
It’s unclear if other progressives will speak out about changes in the law limiting aid to Americans.
The American Rescue Plan delivers on our promise to put money in people’s pockets and shots in people’s arms.
I’m looking forward to sending this relief package to the president’s desk — help is on the way. pic.twitter.com/vQfefzNXtB
– Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) March 8, 2021
For her part, the president of the Progressive Caucus, Pramila Jayapal, He considered the changes as “relatively minor concessions”, so he does not see problems in the approval of the legislative piece despite the suspicion of some Democrats about the content of the proposal.
“The American Rescue Plan is a truly progressive and courageous package that delivers on its promise to put money directly into people’s pockets and defeat the spread of the coronavirus, which is responsible for our economic crisis,” Jayapal said in a statement.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.