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Mon Mar 1, 2021, 10:54 AM

U.S. Senate Democrats drop minimum wage plan for $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill

Source: Reuters

BUSINESS NEWS MARCH 1, 2021 6:06 AM UPDATED AN HOUR AGO

By Susan Cornwell 4 MIN READ

The House of Representatives narrowly approved the bill to fight the pandemic and boost the economy early Saturday. The action now moves to the Senate, where Democrats do not expect much if any Republican help, even though polls indicate a majority of Americans - around 70% - favor the measure.

Over the weekend, top Democrats abandoned a controversial plan to use U.S. tax policy as an incentive for businesses to more than double the minimum wage to $15 per hour, according to a source familiar with the negotiations. The proposal would have complicated Senate passage.

Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris may have to cast a tie-breaking vote in a chamber where Republicans control 50 seats and Democrats and their allies control the other 50. Even this outcome depends on all the Democrats staying united behind the first major bill to come through Congress in the Biden administration.


Reporting by Susan Cornwell; Additional reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Mary Milliken, Nick Zieminski and Chizu Nomiyama




Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-usa-congress/u-s-senate-democrats-drop-minimum-wage-plan-for-1-9-trillion-covid-19-relief-bill-idUSKCN2AT228

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Reply U.S. Senate Democrats drop minimum wage plan for $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill (Original post)
turbinetree Mar 2021 OP
Jose Garcia Mar 2021 #1
LiveToLurk Mar 2021 #2
Demsrule86 Mar 2021 #9
Jose Garcia Mar 2021 #10
Demsrule86 Mar 2021 #12
bucolic_frolic Mar 2021 #3
Magoo48 Mar 2021 #6
cayugafalls Mar 2021 #4
jorgevlorgan Mar 2021 #5
speak easy Mar 2021 #7
jorgevlorgan Mar 2021 #8
Deminpenn Mar 2021 #11

Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 10:59 AM

1. Put it up for a vote as a stand-alone bill

Yes, I know that it will be filibustered, but let those who are opposed to it be on the record instead of saying that they were opposed to a pork-laden stimulus bill.

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Response to Jose Garcia (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 11:05 AM

2. Yep, totally agree:

Get everything else passed asap.

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Response to Jose Garcia (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 03:18 PM

9. It won't make it to the floor...

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Response to Demsrule86 (Reply #9)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 03:37 PM

10. It will make it to the floor of the House, and Senators would have to vote on cloture

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Response to Jose Garcia (Reply #10)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 02:26 PM

12. And? How does that help us?

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 12:03 PM

3. I've felt all along this should be an incremental issue

Well thought out, considered, slow, steady, and relentless. Responsible government. The idea that you can rapidly push wage increases and forgive $50,000 in student debt and it's all just good for the economy is bogus. There are ramifications to tax policy. Inflation, loss of benefits due to higher income, even division - everyone else wants debt forgiveness too, and frugal people without debt want compensation too.

No matter what they do there will be political pushback in some form.

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #3)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 02:23 PM

6. The wage increase is hardly being "rapidly pushed" anywhere. It's been out there

for long enough now that $15 per hour doesn’t cut it anymore. I blame conservative Dems who refuse to be part of a team striving for the common welfare of the most people. We have a difficult enough time without having to deal with corporate lapdogs in our own party.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 12:41 PM

4. We knew this was going to happen.

Well, at least, I knew it was going to happen. Talking to my dad last night and he was worried that it was DOA and I told him the wage increase would be dropped to get stimulus to people in need.

Incremental change will work best.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 01:00 PM

5. The Wyden proposal is dead. Great

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Response to jorgevlorgan (Reply #5)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 02:35 PM

7. The Wyden proposal needed more work.

As drafted, there was an incentive for big corps to reclassify employees as contractors.

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Response to speak easy (Reply #7)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 02:47 PM

8. Ew

Not sure how a wage increase will get through now, though. Maybe through a defense bill? Still it would be hard to see how ithat would be able to get through without 60 votes. The last time it happened Dems had 60 seats.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 04:33 PM

11. Min wage will be passed like it was the last time,

as part of a "must pass" bill like Defense.

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