Sanders 'confident' $15 minimum wage would be allowed via reconciliation

Bernie Sanders is “confident” lawmakers would be able to raise the minimum wage to $15 via the reconciliation process, the Vermont senator said Saturday. With little Republican support for President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion Covid relief package, Democrats have pushed to include a $15 minimum wage via reconciliation, a move that could help avoid a GOP filibuster but would have to be approved by the Senate parliamentarian. While Biden is not optimistic a minimum wage measure would pass under reconciliation rules, Sanders, the new chair of the Senate Budget Committee, is confident the parliamentarian would greenlight it.“Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour is not incidental to the federal budget and is permissible under the rules of reconciliation,” Sanders said in a statement. “The CBO has found that the $15 minimum wage has a much greater impact on the federal budget than opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

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By Ben Leonard

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