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Politics AOC says Democrats should overrule or FIRE the Senate parliamentarian

06:35  27 february  2021
06:35  27 february  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

The $15 minimum wage could be the first major test of Democratic unity

  The $15 minimum wage could be the first major test of Democratic unity Democrats may soon have to confront divides in their caucus on the minimum wage.On the procedural front, Democrats need to convince the Senate parliamentarian — an in-house expert who advises on the rules of the upper chamber — that the $15 minimum wage has a significant enough effect on the budget that it can be part of the reconciliation process. Because of a practice known as the Byrd Rule, any policy that’s not seen as sufficiently budget-related can be flagged for removal by the parliamentarian. (Democrats don’t have to abide by this decision, but there have been few breaks with such guidance in the past.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Democrats should overrule or fire the Senate parliamentarian . Her words come after Elizabeth MacDonough ruled the minimum wage cannot be included in the COVID relief package. 'I think all options should be on the table,' she said . Liberals are pressuring Democratic leadership to find way around ruling. Bernie Sanders vowed to push for an increased minimum wage to be included the COVID package. Sanders to propose an amendment that would pair a the wage increase with tax penalties on corporations that don't pay a higher minimum wage.

Most Democrats upset at Ms MacDonough’s ruling on Thursday pushed less extreme responses, like overruling her. If Vice President Kamala Harris chose that path, Democrats would still need votes to do so, and Senator Joe Manchin III, has publicly vowed to oppose going against the parliamentarian . “ The Senate parliamentarian issues an advisory opinion,” Representative Pramila Jayapal, said in a tweet Thursday evening. “The VP can overrule them - as has been done before. We should do EVERYTHING we can to keep our promise, deliver a minimum wage, and give 27 million workers

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Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said on Friday Democrats should overrule or fire the Senate parliamentarian after Elizabeth MacDonough ruled the $15 minimum wage cannot be included in the COVID relief package.

'I think all options should be on the table,' she told reporters on Capitol Hill when asked about the matter.

'I think the parliamentarian is verging on, you know, just really intruding in this legislative process in a very concerning way,' the Democrat from New York noted.

Ocasio-Cortez pointed out that the House parliamentarian ruled the wage hike could be in that chamber's version of the bill.

Minimum wage increase imperiled in covid relief bill by Senate official’s ruling

  Minimum wage increase imperiled in covid relief bill by Senate official’s ruling The guidance from the parliamentarian, Elizabeth MacDonough, was communicated privately to key Senate offices and confirmed by aides in both parties. It could be a major setback for liberals hoping to use Biden’s $1.9 trillion relief bill as the vehicle for their long-sought goal of raising the federal minimum wage from its current level of $7.25 an hour. And it could create divisions in the party as some push Democratic leaders for dramatic action to get around the parliamentarian’s ruling. Democrats had been anxiously awaiting the decision, but their next steps are not clear. Liberals are already pressuring Senate Majority Leader Charles E.

The decision by the Senate parliamentarian that the minimum wage would have to be removed from the American Rescue Plan has renewed calls for senators to abolish a procedural took known as the filibuster. Though support for removing the filibuster is growing, Democrats currently do not have enough votes to do so. Senator Joe Manchin, one of the few moderate Democrats in the caucus, has said he is strongly opposed to eliminating the procedural tool because it forces a bipartisan consensus.

If Senate Democrats can’t find a path forward to get the wage increase enacted – one option might be to pair it with tax penalties for companies not paying the wage, which might then overcome the ruling – it will set up a clash with the progressive side of the party, which was already very vocal about the And it could create divisions in the party as some push Democratic leaders for dramatic action to get around the parliamentarian ’s ruling. Democrats next steps are not clear. Liberals are pressuring Senate majority leader Charles Schumer to challenge the ruling on the Senate floor, although the White

a person talking on a cell phone: Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Democrats should overrule or fire the Senate parliamentarian after Elizabeth MacDonough ruled the $15 minimum wage cannot be included in the COVID relief package © Provided by Daily Mail Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Democrats should overrule or fire the Senate parliamentarian after Elizabeth MacDonough ruled the $15 minimum wage cannot be included in the COVID relief package Joe Biden wearing a suit and tie: President Joe Biden said he respects the decision of the Senate parliamentarian as progressive pressure party  leadership to overrule the decision © Provided by Daily Mail President Joe Biden said he respects the decision of the Senate parliamentarian as progressive pressure party  leadership to overrule the decision

'We have a really serious inconsistency here where you have the House parliamentarian that has ruled it in order and the Senate parliamentarian that has been out of step with virtually every other aspect of this party,' she said.

Many progressives are pressuring Democratic leadership to find a way around the ruling so the wage increase can become law as MacDonough's ruling causes fractions in the party.

Progressives fume as White House backs down on minimum wage increase

  Progressives fume as White House backs down on minimum wage increase President Biden and Senate Democrats drew fire from progressives after opting to not fight a ruling that would strip a $15 minimum wage increase in the Senate’s COVID-19 relief legislation. On Wednesday, MacDonough ruled that the provision increasing the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 by 2025 violated the Senate’s “Byrd rule,” which prohibits “extraneous” provisions from being included in budget legislation passed through reconciliation. Press secretary Jen Psaki issued a statement Thursday night saying the president was “disappointed in this outcome” but “respects the parliamentarian’s decision and the Senate’s process.

"The White House and Senate leadership can and should still include the minimum wage increase in the bill," Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), Congressional Progressive Caucus chair, said . The White House says it "respects" the Senate parliamentarian 's decision that a per hour minimum wage increase can't be included in Democrats ' COVID-19 relief package — but not everyone on the left feels quite the same way. Some progressives are pushing to overrule Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough, who on Thursday ruled the minimum wage increase can't be included in Democrats '

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), aka AOC , said she might quit politics because of resistance from fellow Democrats . Many of them went on to blame progressive members like AOC , according to Business Insider. The Bronx native said that fellow House members should embrace progressiveness, stating that “they’re just setting up their own obsolescence.” Read More: AOC calls for expanding court, slams Trump for ‘classist, disgusting’ comments. She also praised activists, many of whom share her progressive opinions, on Twitter.

Some liberals have argued that Vice President Kamala Harris, in her role as president of the Senate, can overrule the parliamentarian.

'I'm sorry - an unelected parliamentarian does not get to deprive 32 million Americans the raise they deserve,' Democratic Representative Ro Khanna wrote on Twitter. 'This is an advisory, not a ruling. VP Harris needs to disregard and rule a $15 minimum wage in order. We were elected to deliver for the people. It's time we do our job.'

But the White House said President Joe Biden 'respects' the decision. And White House chief of staff Ron Klain said earlier this week that Harris would not make such a move.

'Certainly, that's not something we would do,' he told MSNBC host Joy Reid. 'We´re going to honor the rules of the Senate and work within that system to get this bill passed.'

Rep. Ilham Omar of Minnesota took things a step further when she called for MacDonough to be fired.

How Democrats can pass a minimum wage increase to $15 after a major setback from the Senate parliamentarian

  How Democrats can pass a minimum wage increase to $15 after a major setback from the Senate parliamentarian Senators could try to raise the minimum wage in separate legislation or include wage-related tax incentives in the stimulus.Senators are gearing up to pass the $1.9 billion bill, which includes $1,400 direct relief checks for those who qualify, $350 billion in state and local aid, money for schools, housing assistance, funding for COVID-19 testing and vaccines, and child tax credits, through a process called budget reconciliation.

So now that the Senate parliamentarian (an unelected position created in 1935) has advised that the provision to raise the minimum wage to by 2025 cannot be included in the COVID relief bill, we're back here again. Because the Democrats are trying to pass the bill through a process called "budget And the squeeze has caused Congress to recede as a branch of government, increasingly ceding power to the Executive and Judiciary. The Senate has basically banned itself from doing anything but allocating funds. The Presiding Officer of the Senate —Vice President Kamala Harris, should she

The parliamentarian said the minimum wage hike was not permissible under the rules of budget reconciliation, the procedure that Democrats are using to pass Biden’s .9 trillion stimulus plan . The Democratic Party’s liberal wing is mounting a pressure campaign to overrule a decision from the Senate parliamentarian after its hopes to include a -an-hour minimum-wage increase in the coronavirus relief bill were dealt a major blow. Liberals are furious with the late-breaking — but not entirely unexpected — ruling from the nonpartisan Senate umpire Thursday night that the provision

'Replace the parliamentarian. What's a Democratic majority if we can't pass our priority bills? This is unacceptable,' she tweeted.

Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders vowed to push for an increased minimum wage to be included the COVID package after the Senate parliamentarian ruled the $15 per hour hike cannot be a part of the $1.9 trillion relief plan.

Sanders slammed the decision and said he'd propose an amendment that would pair the wage increase with a tax penalties on corporations that don't pay a higher minimum wage - a move that could change whether it meets the parliamentarian's criteria for inclusion.

'I will be working with my colleagues in the Senate to move forward with an amendment to take tax deductions away from large, profitable corporations that don't pay workers at least $15 an hour and to provide small businesses with the incentives they need to raise wages,' he said in a statement Thursday night.

'That amendment must be included in this reconciliation bill,' he added.

He said there is support to make a $15 minimum wage the law of thd land.

Democrats’ remaining options for raising the minimum wage, explained

  Democrats’ remaining options for raising the minimum wage, explained Democrats haven’t given up on increasing the minimum wage just yet.That decision likely means that the $15 minimum wage is effectively dead — for now. As Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has said repeatedly, 10 Republican senators are not going to sign on to this type of increase, meaning lawmakers won’t be able to get the 60 votes it needs to pass through regular order.


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'I'm confident that we have a majority in the United States Senate including the Vice President that would vote to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour as part of President Biden's American Rescue Plan,' Sanders said.

'Yet because of the archaic and undemocratic rules of the Senate we are unable to move forward to end starvation wages in this country and raise the income of 32 million struggling Americans. That fight continues,' he said.

Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough dealt a potentially lethal blow to Democrats' call for a $15 per hour wage when she ruled Thursday night that the provision was not compliant with the rules governing the budget process that Congress is using to pass the bill with simple majorities.

Democrats pushed to have the COVID relief bill passed through a process called reconciliation, which would keep the GOP from filibustering it and allow it to pass with a simple majority.

Elizabeth MacDonough smiling for the camera: Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough (pictured) dealt a huge blow to Democrats when she ruled their $15 minimu wage could not be included in the $1.9trillion COVID-19 relief bill © Provided by Daily Mail Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough (pictured) dealt a huge blow to Democrats when she ruled their $15 minimu wage could not be included in the $1.9trillion COVID-19 relief bill

But, by invoking reconciliation, they also invoked what is called the 'Byrd rule' -  which limits acceptable provisions in the reconciliation process to taxing and spending.

Don't Blame the Parliamentarian

  Don't Blame the Parliamentarian After the Senate parliamentarian, Elizabeth MacDonough, concluded that a $15-an-hour minimum wage provision could not be part of a budget reconciliation bill, House progressives -- including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Pramila Jayapal and Ro Khanna -- all sung from the same song sheet: an "unelected parliamentarian" should not be allowed to block a minimum wage increase. They want the parliamentarian overruled or fired. But howBut how can progressives in good conscience suddenly treat unelected government officials as illegitimate? Progressives have defended unelected bureaucrats from conservative attack when they develop wide-ranging regulations, and unelected judges when they extend civil rights to

MacDonough, the Senate's nonpartisan arbiter of its rules, ruled the wage hike does not meet those standards.

Her ruling was not a surprise. Even President Joe Biden predicted the wage hike was likely not to meet the reconciliation requirements for inclusion.

But, given the opposition to the wage hike from some moderate Democrats and many Republicans, the COVID relief package was seen as the strongest chance for making it the law.

'I strongly disagree with tonight's decision by the Senate Parliamentarian,' Sanders said.

The Vermont senator pointed to a nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office study out earlier this month that found the $15 wage proposal would cost jobs but would also lift nearly one million out of poverty.

Sanders and other progressives argued the findings showed a monetary impact, meaning the minimum wage hike could be included in the COVID relief plan.

'The CBO made it absolutely clear that raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour had a substantial budgetary impact and should be allowed under reconciliation,' Sanders said Thursday night.

Odds of a wage hike passing on its own are low after Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia said they opposed it.

Given the 50-50 breakdown on the Senate, Democrats need every one of their members to vote with them.

Republicans solidly oppose the $15 minimum wage target as an expense that would hurt businesses and cost jobs. They also oppose the overall relief bill, saying it's too expensive.

Democrats wrong to attack Senate parliamentarian

  Democrats wrong to attack Senate parliamentarian The path forward on the minimum wage is not procedural wizardry but leveraging the proposal’s broad public popularity.Democrats have known all along that some provisions they wanted to include in the relief bill might not meet the requirements for budget reconciliation. Chief among these was their proposed stepped increase in the minimum wage to $15 per hour. Superficially, that looks more like a regulatory initiative rather than a fiscal one.

The House is set to vote on the $1.9 trillion COVID relief plan on Friday. Their version includes the $15 minimum wage hike.

'House Democrats believe that the minimum-wage hike is necessary,' Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement. '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.'

a man wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a door: Senator Bernie Sanders vowed to push for an increased minimum wage to be included the COVID package © Provided by Daily Mail Senator Bernie Sanders vowed to push for an increased minimum wage to be included the COVID package a woman holding a knife: The House is set to vote on the $1.9 trillion COVID relief plan on Friday and Speaker Nancy Pelosi said their legislation would include the $15 minimum wage © Provided by Daily Mail The House is set to vote on the $1.9 trillion COVID relief plan on Friday and Speaker Nancy Pelosi said their legislation would include the $15 minimum wage

The existing federal minimum wage, at $7.25 an hour, has not been changed since 2009.

The White House expressed its disappointment in MacDonough's ruling.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki released a statement saying: 'President Biden is disappointed in this outcome, as he proposed having the $15 minimum wage as part of the American Rescue Plan.

'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.'

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer also voiced his frustration: 'We are deeply disappointed in this decision. We are not going to give up the fight to raise the minimum wage to $15 to help millions of struggling American workers and their families.'

He vowed to find a way to make the wage hike law.

'The American people deserve it, and we are committed to making it a reality.'

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