Biden disappointed by $15 minimum wage ruling as Pelosi keeps provision in the bill

President Joseph R. Biden Jr. is “disappointed” by the Senate parliamentarian’s ruling that including the $15 minimum wage increase into the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan would violate the budget reconciliation rule of the senate.

“President Biden is disappointed in this outcome, as he proposed having the $15 minimum wage as part of the American Rescue Plan,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement. “He respects the parliamentarian’s decision and the Senate’s process. He will work with leaders in Congress to determine the best path forward because no one in this country should work full time and live in poverty. He urges Congress to move quickly to pass the American Rescue Plan, which includes $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.”

Speaker Nancy Pelosi also released a statement, saying she was also disappointed by the ruling but that she would keep the proposal in the bill that is likely to pass in the House of Representatives on Friday.

She said: “The ruling from the Senate parliamentarian is disappointing, because raising the minimum wage would give 27 million Americans a well-deserved raise and pull nearly one million Americans out of poverty in the middle of a once-in-a-century devastating pandemic and economic crisis.

“House Democrats believe that the minimum wage hike is necessary.  Therefore, this provision will remain in the American Rescue Plan on the Floor tomorrow.  Democrats in the House are determined to pursue every possible path in the Fight For 15.

“Tomorrow, when we pass the American Rescue Plan, the American people will know that Help Is On The Way.”

Senator Bernie Sanders also expressed disappointment over the ruling.

“I strongly disagree with tonight’s decision by the Senate Parliamentarian. But the fight to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour continues,” he said.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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