President Joe Biden has reportedly admitted to Democrat mayors and governors that one of his aggressive policy pushes has already fallen flat and will not happen.
Biden admitted that the push to hike up the federal minimum wage is “dead” and will not be included in the forthcoming COVID-19 relief bill, Politico reports.
The Biden administration has been mum on whether the final COVID-19 relief bill would have the minimum wage hike, so the only reference is the president himself speaking to state and city leaders.
“I really want this in there but it just doesn’t look like we can do it because of reconciliation,” Biden said, according to Politico. “I’m not going to give up. But right now, we have to prepare for this not making it.”
“The comments, which were confirmed by two other people familiar with the conversation, were the furthest Biden has gone in conceding the coming axing of the $15-an-hour minimum wage provision from his first major legislative package,” the outlet adds.
Democrats were furiously demanding that the economically disastrous $15 per hour mandate be rolled out across the country by the year 2025, and were looking to assure that got done by forcing it into an already heavily delayed COVID stimulus package.
But few Republicans are on board with allocating multiple trillions of dollars to another highly flawed bailout package – which if its anything like its predecessors – would look to fill the pockets of the Democrats powerful allies more so than provide aid the American public. This means that Democrats have no choice but to pass the bill through a process called “reconciliation,” which allows “budget-focused” legislation to pass by a simple majority vote, rather than the 60 votes required for sweeping changes to federal law.
Far left Democrats like Sen. Bernie Sanders, of course, are furious about the Biden failure. Sanders has long been a proponent of raising the minimum wage and believes that President Joe Biden is not working hard enough to find a way to pass the hike, even in a bill destined for “reconciliation.”
“Given the makeup of the Senate, this is our best opportunity and the right moment in the midst of this pandemic, to give millions of workers a long-overdue raise,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal told Politico.
But that doesn’t mean the proposed bill is devout radical leftist goodies. A memo, circulated to Republican lawmakers looking to fight the bill, notes several troubling issues, including a grant to colleges that maintain ties with China. Republicans are also likely to challenge a provision loosening the requirements for obtaining a loan through the Paycheck Protection Program.
“The memo also calls out subsidies and loan forgiveness to farmers and ranchers on the basis of race and ethnicity; allowing coronavirus funding to go to colleges that have partnerships with Chinese-controlled companies and Confucius Institutes; and doling out $50 million for environmental justice grant programs, which the [House Republican Study Committee] pans as ‘a thinly-veiled kickback to leftist environmental groups,’” Fox News reports.