Senate Parliamentarian Won’t Allow $15 Minimum Wage In Biden COVID Relief Bill

Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough ruled against the planned minimum wage increase to $15 per hour included in President Joe Biden‘s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, the American Rescue Plan. The Senate Parliamentarian’s role is to determine standing rules and procedures of the Senate. MacDonough ruled that Biden’s minimum wage increase is outside the bounds of Senate budget reconciliation rules, saying it is illegal under current budget restrictions. While the parliamentarian is not strictly required for every action in the Senate, because Democrats plan to pass the American Rescu…

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