Politics Why a Debate on the Minimum Wage Could Spark a D.C. Meltdown

23:55  02 march  2021
23:55  02 march  2021 Source:   time.com

$15 minimum wage debate: Everything you need to know

  $15 minimum wage debate: Everything you need to know House Democrats have included a minimum wage hike in their latest Covid relief bill, although opposition among some Senate Democrats means it is not at all clear they will have the votes to pass it. © Scott Olson/Getty Images Demonstrators participate in a protest outside of McDonald's corporate headquarters on January 15, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. Improving worker pay is unrelated in that raising the minimum wage has long been a Democratic priority.

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a group of people standing next to a person in a suit and tie: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi listens during a press conference with other House Democratic leaders about Covid-19 financial relief and minimum wage on Capitol Hill on Feb. 26, 2021. © Brendan Smialowski—AFP/Getty Images Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi listens during a press conference with other House Democratic leaders about Covid-19 financial relief and minimum wage on Capitol Hill on Feb. 26, 2021.

Washington is a lot like high school: being popular doesn’t necessarily translate to getting taken seriously. Twin Democratic priorities are about to face their Mean Girls test.

On Saturday, the House passed Democrats’ $1.9 trillion pandemic-relief package, which included a provision to double the current federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by June of 2025. Because Republicans are refusing to go along, Democrats planned to use a budget gimmick to let them avoid a filibuster and pass it into law with a slim 50-vote majority, plus the backing of Vice President Kamala Harris. But the Senate’s keeper of the rules, its parliamentarian, ruled that lawmakers couldn’t use the trick here because the wage hike — which would lift almost a million Americans out of poverty — wasn’t really a budget move.

The problem with a one-size-fits-all federal minimum wage hike

  The problem with a one-size-fits-all federal minimum wage hike Minimum wages are not a free good. They have tradeoffs. While politicians might not pay much mind to such economic arguments, they are well aware of the regional differences among their constituents. If they listen, they should reject a one-size-fits-all federal minimum wage hike and, instead, let cities and states make decisions that best suit the people in their communities.Ryan Young is a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and author of the study "Minimum Wages Have Tradeoffs.

The ruling against including a minimum wage in this month’s coronavirus relief bill by the Senate parliamentarian, its official rules referee, dealt a major blow to Democrats and President Joe Biden’s agenda. But that decision was also clarifying: With Democrats Several Republicans said Monday they’ d be open to going higher than the -an-hour GOP bill helmed by Sens. Mitt Romney of Utah and Tom Cotton of Arkansas. Romney said Monday he has been discussing a possible way forward with Democrats on the wage hike and suggested working with the minority was the most likely path.

The current call is for a national -an-hour minimum wage – more than double the current federal rate of .25. A number of cities and states are already there – including New York, California, Washington D . C . and Seattle. The left casts the minimum wage debate as a war between employee and employer. But most business owners pay their workers as much as they can . Finding and keeping good people is the hardest part of any employer’s job. I know.

Frustrated, progressives in the House are now openly calling for Democrats in the Senate to either overrule the parliamentarian’s ruling or do away with the filibuster, which would allow them to pass the relief bill through the Senate with the minimum wage hike by a simple majority.

“Our two options are realistically this: override the parliamentarian or eliminate the filibuster,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told MSNBC on Sunday. The next day, Rep. Ro Khanna and 22 of his colleagues sent the White House an open-letter further pressuring the Administration not to accept the parliamentarian’s ruling. And today, outside groups are building pressure with grassroots activists to not let the issue falter. Raising the minimum wage has been a Democratic priority for a while, and many congressional Democrats see attaching it to the relief bill as their fastest, easiest option to get it passed.

Tom Cotton, Mitt Romney's $10 Minimum Wage Plan Criticized for Being Less than Arkansas' $11

  Tom Cotton, Mitt Romney's $10 Minimum Wage Plan Criticized for Being Less than Arkansas' $11 "Incrementally increasing a pitiful 7.25 wage to $10 over 5 yrs is a cruel joke. Poverty cannot be overcome just by $2.75/hour more," Democratic Michigan Representative Rashida Tlaib wrote.The GOP plan, entitled the Higher Wages for American Workers Act, would gradually raise the federal minimum wage from its current rate of $7.25 an hour to $10 an hour by 2025. The plan would also require employers to phase in the use of the federal E-Verify system to ensure that only documented laborers, and not undocumented immigrants, are hired. Lastly, the plan would provide stiffer penalties to employers who hire undocumented workers.

A 2016 debate question about Hillary Clinton's support for a per hour minimum wage sparked a spat between the former secretary of State and Sen. In a race that will test whether a strong economy can save a president with a poor approval rating, Democrats see raising the pay floor as one way they can cast themselves as a better alternative to fatten workers' wallets. Raising the minimum wage "speaks so clearly and directly to trying to resolve that problem, it is going to resonate even to folks who are going to be conservative on other issues," said David Cooper, a senior economic analyst at the

Ed Markey ( D -Mass) says "a minimum wage is something which is essential to millions of Americans and we have to make sure that we do the job." A power failure that crippled India's financial capital of Mumbai in western Maharashtra state last year could have been a case of cyber sabotage, a local minister said on Monday, as China denied a report that it was behind the outage. Mumbai police were investigating further after a preliminary report pointed to possible evidence of 14 "Trojan horse" programmes incorporated in the city's power system, Anil Deshmukh, a minister for Maharashtra state

But most lawmakers in the Senate don’t support the idea of overruling the Senate parliamentarian — and perhaps more importantly, neither does the White House. Even if all Democrats were unified behind the demand, it would still take Harris to break the 50-50 tie, and the White House has said it has no interest in seeing the VP, a former Senator and current presiding officer of the body, in that role.

So Democrats have a choice. They can heed tradition, respect the ruling of the parliamentarian and abandon their popular campaign promise of a $15-an-hour minimum wage. Or they can barrel ahead, either ignoring the Senate’s rules referee or moving to abolish the 60-vote filibuster altogether. The minimum-wage hike is important here, but perhaps more consequential are the aftershocks the latter move would create for both parties in the future when they are relegated to the minority. And either path for the Democrats could still tank the broader pandemic-relief package, which has only the thinnest of padding behind it.

Democrats short of a backup plan after minimum wage ruling

  Democrats short of a backup plan after minimum wage ruling The Senate parliamentarian’s decision saves them from an internal fight — but they have no clear path forward.The Senate parliamentarian’s decision to rule the wage hike out of order ahead of debate on President Joe Biden’s coronavirus relief plan saves Democrats from an internal fight over whether to increase it to $15 an hour. But it also leaves Democrats without a clear path forward on fulfilling a key campaign promise.

It will go up if the minimum wage increases, because there will eventually be increased wages for everyone. And now the current trend is inflation, which is another buzz word that people were spoon-fed to make them think that higher wages would mean the dollar would be worthless. And before that it was how unions were going to destroy American jobs and lead to breadlines. It's all propaganda to make people think that taking less is necessary for a healthy economy, and that big business getting richer on the backs of labour is just how things are supposed to be.

A minimum wage increase also encourages some businesses to trim the number of low-paid workers. But the study said the effect can be mixed. It noted that some companies would react by getting higher productivity from their workers, and some would see savings because increased wages could The conflict flared up again in September. Two months later came a peace deal, with Russia the winner: It mediated a ceasefire that placed the Kremlin’s ostensibly peacekeeping boots on the ground. America watched idly as this happened.As Armenia’s traditional protector, Russia held the only leverage to

Absent memes of puppies, there are few things in Washington as broadly popular as the two things Democrats are fighting for: raising the minimum wage and getting another round of cash out the door to Americans. A Hill/ Harris poll from back in January found that 64% of voters support raising the minimum wage, including roughly a third of Republicans. Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia already have minimum wages that outpace the federal one, meaning businesses there are used to slightly better pay for their poorest workers. And there aren’t that many of them; fewer than 250,000 people make the federal minimum wage in a workforce of 140 million people.

The broader pandemic plan also has deep backing. It would send $1,400 checks to some Americans, with the exact income-cutoff number being haggled over between moderate Democrats and the White House. It would also send cash to reopen schools and keep unemployment benefits from expiring in two weeks. A Morning Consult poll from mid-February shows 76% of Americans support those goals, including 60% of Republican voters.

AOC says Democrats should overrule or FIRE the Senate parliamentarian

  AOC says Democrats should overrule or FIRE the Senate parliamentarian Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Democrats should overrule or fire the Senate parliamentarian after Elizabeth MacDonough ruled the $15 minimum wage cannot be included in COVID relief package.'I think all options should be on the table,' she told reporters on Capitol Hill when asked about the matter.

There is precedent for ignoring the parliamentarian, as progressives are demanding. A Democratic majority did so in 2013 when it invoked the so-called nuclear option to confirm administration positions and most judges. Republicans followed-up in 2017 when they made a majority the threshold for Supreme Court nominees. And those efforts, it must be noted, were far less popular than the twin ideas crossing to the Senate this week.

But Republicans have been arguing that the Democrats’ plan to push the relief package through the Senate without Republican support is little more than a way to force a liberal wishlist of extraneous policy aims. And with almost $2 trillion in the air, it’s tough to argue that this isn’t a scattershot approach to big problems that aren’t going to be cheap to fix. While the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that 900,000 Americans would be lifted out of poverty and 14 million workers would see their paychecks increase if the minimum wage is increased, it also approximates the House plan would cost the U.S. economy 1.4 million jobs.

At present, the GOP seems unable to derail the broader plan. But Democrats could inadvertently do it for them if they aren’t careful. First, it’s possible that more conservative Senate Democrats could balk at the package, including Sen. Joe Manchin who has said he is worried about spending more taxpayer dollars without a specific target. Others, like Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, have said they are uncomfortable about triggering a rules change as pushed by Ocasio-Cortez. (And neither she nor Manchin are championing a $15-per-hour wage, so even at a 50-vote threshold, Democrats may still lack support if they nuke the filibuster to try to push a package through with a minimum wage hike.)

61 Places Where the Minimum Wage Is Rising in 2021

  61 Places Where the Minimum Wage Is Rising in 2021 Many workers don't need to wait for Congress to act to get a minimum wage hike this year. Depending on where they live, they may already be getting one.The fate of the Raise the Wage Act is unclear after the Senate parliamentarian, its chief rule-enforcer, ruled on February 25 that the provision to increase the minimum wage included in President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion economic relief plan does not meet the guidelines required to move forward in the fast-track process known as budget reconciliation.

Then there’s the risk from the left. If the likes of Ocasio-Cortez and Khanna dig in, they could end up hobbling the relief package, if not spiking it. When lawmakers in the past have deployed this bare-majority trick, the House would pass the first draft of this legislation and send it to the Senate. The Senate then should work with the House, tinker with its language and send it back to the House. And then the House, in an ideal world, should accept the changes negotiated by its leadership. But, as the parliamentarian ruled, you can use this process only on specific fiscal moves, and a minimum wage isn’t one of them. The process was designed to iron out kinks in nettlesome budgets, not necessarily major social programs.

Democrats know they have public opinion on their side for the add-on wage boost and the underlying $2 trillion bill. It’s going to be very tempting for progressives not to at least flirt with trying to get the two married again. It’s sexy for the lefties and doesn’t alienate most moderates. Plus, it might actually do good for the poorest workers in the economy, those disproportionately hit by the pandemic’s fallout. The margins, though, are razor thin: Democrats can afford just four defections in the House, and two already have voted against this bill in its first at-bat.

If progressives are thwarted, instead of taking a win on passing a relief bill without the minimum wage increase, they may be tempted to eliminate the filibuster for good to try to pass both together. If the rules requiring 60 votes for almost everything keep anything from happening, why not blow them up entirely?

Well, it’s possible. But views on that are about as split as the Senate itself, which means Democrats could go from chasing popular ideas like boosting the minimum wage and getting cash to Americans to a partisan process brawl that has, at best, coin-toss backing. So this comes down to a central question inherent to so much in Washington: will the ideal be the downfall of the possible? Or will someone have a Mean Girls moment and have the outburst so many think: “You can’t sit with us.”

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Lindsey Graham Offers 'Waffle House' Plan to Dems Worried About $15 Minimum Wage .
"I don't mind looking at increasing the minimum wage in a responsible way," Graham said. "That will be easier for business and get us to where we want to go."Graham's plan, suggested to him by representatives from the national restaurant chain Waffle House, would index minimum wage increases to inflation. His plan could also soothe Machin's worries that the Democrats' proposal to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025 would endanger small businesses already harmed by the pandemic's economic downturn.

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