It had been floated by Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden and Budget Chairman Bernie Sanders after the Senate parliamentarian ruled Thursday that raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour failed to qualify under fast-track budget rules that Democrats are using to pass the stimulus bill without Republican support.
Senate Democrats may reshape the $350 billion the bill provides for state and local governments. Democratic leaders want to have Biden sign the stimulus into law before unemployment benefits expire for millions of people in mid-March, meaning there is little time for an alternative plan to emerge. "I think it's noteworthy to know we're in the House".
Manchin told reporters he wants the bill's emergency unemployment benefits, set at United States dollars 400 weekly by the House, to revert to the current USD 300 figure enacted in December.
Democrats must now decide "how we do minimum wage as part of another piece of legislation or on its own", said Sen.
Senators are gearing up to vote on the package, which is expected to hit the Senate floor as early as this week. But a handful of moderate Democrats want to keep the benefit at $300 per week, while others - such as Finance Chairman Ron Wyden of OR - hope to extend it through September instead of August.
Despite seeming White House opposition, almost two dozen House progressives tried pressuring Biden to have Harris join Democratic senators and vote to override the parliamentarian and include the increase in the bill anyway. Discussions were ongoing about both the timing and the level of the benefit.
After the parliamentarian said that provision would have to be deleted, Sens. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.), suggesting the higher $400 figure would reduce incentives for people to rejoin the workforce just as increasing vaccinations are poised to help the economy reopen.
"It would be bad for the doors to open up and there's no one working", Manchin said of businesses reopening. You got a lot of customers, no one working. "The only thing bipartisan about the proposal was the opposition to it". Richard J. Durbin of IL, the No. 2 Senate Democrat.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, warned late Monday that "further "targeting" or "tightening" eligibility means taking survival checks away from millions of families who got them last time".
"It's going to be a challenge for progressives if the package gets watered down", Jayapal said.
"Given the enormous crises facing working families today, we can not allow a minority of the Senate to obstruct what the vast majority of the American people want and need". In a sign of shifting dynamics from prior administrations, however, Bowman has enjoyed a particularly open, ongoing dialogue with senior officials during the earliest weeks of Biden's first term."We can not accept any response that ends with "our hands are tied.' We have to exercise all of our authority by any means necessary to get us to a $15 minimum wage", Bowman told The Daily Beast in a wide-ranging interview".
Biden himself did not take questions from senators when he called into their weekly lunch on Tuesday, instead using the opportunity to make the case for them to unite and pass the legislation. The meeting came as Democrats face pressure to stick together to pass the sweeping rescue package. "The public really needs it". Republican mayors and governors like it. When it comes to the entirety of the bill, support among Republicans drops to 28 percent, but seen through an electoral lens that is a significant bloc of base GOP voters.