Senate Parliamentarian – Minimum Wage in Covid Relief Bill

Here is a step-by-step process to winning the fight for a $15 minimum wage in COVID Relief Bill Bernie Sanders is the Key! Please call Sanders Congressional office 202-224-5141. Please spread this urgent message to your FB, twitter, e-mail friends!

1. Bernie Sanders ignores parliamentarian ruling and as Senate Budget Chair keeps $15 minimum wage in the COVID Relief bill. 2. Vice President Kamala Harris as Senate Chair would then have to publicly take $15 Minimum Wage out of bill (probably to never win a future election again). 3. McConnel would object, but would need 60 Senate votes to override Harris refusal to remove Minimum Wage. That would require 10 Democrats and just won’t happen. 4. Then McConnel could ask for a vote to end the Senate filibuster rule This means that all the Republicans, Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) would have to vote to end the filibuster that they love so much and thus free up the Democrats to pass future bills! 5. Senate would vote on COVID Relief bill needs only 51 votes under its reconciliation status. Minimum Wage Increase opponents, Democrat Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) would have to vote down entire COVID Relief bill (thus probably never able to win another election while suffering the wrath of their constituents and their fellow Democrats). Only Democrats can stop $15 Minimum Wage! If it doesn’t happen Bernie and Democrats will long be blamed by Republicans in furure!

Thus Bernie is the key. The champion of the $15 Minimum Wage needs to step up! Action speaks louder than words!


Parliamentarian of the United States Senate – Wikipedia The Parliamentarian of the United States Senate is the official advisor to the United States Senate on the interpretation of Standing Rules of the United States Senate and parliamentary procedure. Incumbent parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough has held the office since 2012, appointed by then Majority Leader Harry Reid.

An important role of the parliamentarian is to decide what can and cannot be done under the Senate’s Reconciliation process under the provisions of the Byrd Rule.

The role of the parliamentary staff is advisory, and the Presiding Officer may overrule the advice of the parliamentarian. In practice this is rare, and the most recent example of a Vice President (as President of the Senate) overruling the parliamentarian was Nelson Rockefeller in 1975.

The parliamentarian is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Senate Majority Leader. Traditionally, the parliamentarian is chosen from senior staff in the parliamentarian office, which helps ensure consistency in the application of the Senate’s complex rules.

The Parliamentarian role in the Senate is only an advisory role and they do not decide what the Senate can and cannot actually do. The Senate themselves decide the rules for the Senate.


J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/AP PHOTO from The American Prospect

2021-02-28 Kamala Harris Could Deliver $15 Minimum Wage if Democrats Really Wanted It There’s a moment every four years when the polls are tight and certain Democrats shake their heads, marveling at the fact that so many Americans — particularly low-wage workers — still vote for the GOP. “Don’t they know we’re the working people’s party?” they say. “Republicans only care about giving tax cuts to the rich.” Next time you hear a variation on that theme, remember this moment, when Democrats had a majority in the Senate, the opportunity to raise the wage floor for millions of Americans and lift nearly a million workers out of poverty, and — faced with a minor road block — they threw their hands in the air and gave up.

2021-02-28 Progressives Dismayed Over Biden-Harris’s Unwillingness to Push $15 Minimum Wage While Biden and his administration have made clear they will not move to use Harris’ authority as presiding officer of the Senate to disregard or overrule the Parliamentarian’s determination, the anger on the progressive left — both inside and outside of Congress — has only grown since Thursday. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said Democrats have no choice but to “muscle it through” the Senate given the campaign promises made to voters leading up to last year’s elections. “We can’t back to voters in two years,” explained Jayapal, “and say, ‘You know, we made you a promise — you delivered us the House, the White House, and the Senate — but a parliamentarian told us that we can’t do it.’”

2021-02-28 Democrats Will Lose in 2022′ If $15 Wage Dies in Senate: Anger Grows as Biden-Harris Bow to Unelected Parliamentarian “If you were writing a Dickensian novel, it would be about millions of desperately poor people being promised a $15 starvation wage, and then watching their millionaire senators tell them that a parliamentary adviser in the palace said no.”

2021-02-27 On the Minimum Wage, Joe Biden Chose Failure The Biden administration’s preemptive surrender on the $15 minimum wage is nothing like its guns-blazing approach to getting union-buster Neera Tanden confirmed for a White House job. The contrast demonstrates Biden’s lack of sincerity when he claims to be a working-class fighter.

2021-02-27 The Democrats Are Blocking a $15 Minimum Wage Not Republicans. Not the Senate parliamentarian. Joe Manchin, Kyrsten Sinema, and even Joe Biden are to blame for squandering their party’s majority power.

2021-02-27 ‘All You Need to Know’: Here Are the 210 House Republicans—and Two Democrats—Who Voted to Deny Struggling Nation Covid-19 Relief [MEK Note: will Biden/Harris join the No Votes] “When we voted to raise the minimum wage this morning,” said Democratic Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr., “every single Republican (210-of-210) voted no.”

2021-02-27 With $15 Wage Included, House Dems Fulfill Election Promise With Passage of Sweeping $1.9 Trillion Covid-19 Relief Package “House passage today of President Biden’s American Rescue Plan moves us one step closer to the investments needed to crush this virus, distribute the vaccine, reopen our schools and revitalize the economy.”

2021-02-26 “I’m Sorry,” Says Ro Khanna, “An Unelected Parliamentarian Does Not Get to Deprive 32 Million Americans the Raise They Deserve.” Sen. Bernie Sanders also denounced the guidance, lamenting that “archaic and undemocratic rules of the Senate” are now standing in the way of ending “starvation wages in this country.” “This is an advisory, not a ruling. VP Harris needs to disregard and rule a $15 minimum wage in order.  We were elected to deliver for the people. It’s time we do our job.” —Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.)

2021-02-26 On a $15 Minimum Wage, Democrats Are Shooting Themselves in the Foot — Again Pushing through a $15 minimum wage wouldn’t just be an economic gift to workers — it would be a political gift from the Democrats to themselves. Inaction, on the other hand, would hand a historic favor to the far right. Biden is committing a huge blunder by wavering.

2021-02-26 Democrats Never Cared about Minimum Wage Last night, the Senate Parliamentarian ruled that a $15 minimum wage cannot be passed with a simple majority. Democrats have said that they will not challenge her ruling, making it clear that they will always prioritize the interests of big business over workers.

2021-02-26 Is This VP Harris Gambit Real? Vice President Harris has the unique ability to overrule the Senate parliamentarian on this ruling about the whether the minimum wage hike can be included in the COVID relief bill. Critically, it’s claimed that while the Senate can overrule her it could only do so with 60 votes. That makes all the difference in the world since while all fifty Republicans and Manchin or Manchin and Sinema could overrule her with 52 votes there’s basically no way they get to 60 votes.

2021-02-26 The Biden Administration Bombed Syria Before Raising the Minimum Wage Yesterday, we were treated to a telling contrast: Joe Biden bombed Syria without congressional authorization, and then refused to lift a finger when the Senate parliamentarian slapped down a minimum wage increase. It’s a pathetic reflection of Biden’s twisted priorities.

2021-02-26 Concerns Cloud Democrats’ Scramble To Salvage Raising The Minimum Wage With A Workaround Wyden put out a statement saying that his proposal would impose a 5 percent penalty on the payrolls of big corporations if workers earned less than a certain amount. He also called for a tax credit equal to up to 25 percent of wages for small businesses that pay their workers higher wages. Many of the specific numbers, however, have not yet been made public. While the proposal is a good faith effort to salvage raising the minimum wage in the current political landscape — it seems unlikely that a standalone bill to raise the minimum wage would attract the 60 Senate votes needed to overcome a filibuster — experts on and off the Hill are already expressing concerns about whether Plan B would be a fitting replacement. 

2021-02-26 Columnist explains how Republicans’ mistake gives Democrats a ‘big opening’ Washington Post opinion writer Paul Waldman discusses the ramifications of this development in his Thursday column, warning that if Democrats don’t find a way to be as bold and aggressive as possible with their agenda, it could hurt them in the 2022 midterms.

2021-02-26 Put the Minimum Wage Bill on the Floor Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth McDonough quietly announced her ruling that the increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025 is not in order for budget reconciliation. We know that the minimum wage hike produces changes in outlays and revenues, as the Congressional Budget Office confirmed earlier this month. What McDonough had to rule to put the provision out of order under the “Byrd rule” is that those changes were “merely incidental to the non-budgetary components of the provision.” In other words, she had to read the mind of a legislation and decide what parts of it are incidental and what parts are primary.

It’s a stupid process that’s only necessary because a handful Democrats refuse to overturn another stupid process, the filibuster and minority rule. So they shoehorn the only legislating they can get done in a polarized Senate. How democracies die” may sound hyperbolic, but yeah, this would be the path.

First off, yes, the Vice President can ignore the ruling of the parliamentarian. And though both Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) have said that they would uphold the Byrd rule to their dying breath, if you read the latest Congressional Research Service report on the subject, you find that, if the chair rejects the parliamentarian’s advice and rules a minimum wage increase in order, it would take 60 votes, not 50, to appeal that ruling. So Manchin and Sinema would need eight Democratic friends and all the Republicans to succeed.

But White House chief of staff Ron Klain said explicitly this week that Harris would not ignore the ruling. And Press Secretary Jen Psaki’s statement last night said Biden “respects the parliamentarian’s decision and the Senate’s process.” So it’s not going to happen. How democracies die” may sound hyperbolic, but yeah, this would be the path.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer could fire the parliamentarian for making a contrary ruling, and find someone who would put the minimum wage increase in order. But Schumer only said that he was “deeply disappointed” in the decision, and I just don’t see him firing McDonough at this time. How democracies die” may sound hyperbolic, but yeah, this would be the path.

2021-02-26 150K+ Voters Back $15 Minimum Wage as Biden and Harris Pushed to #Keep15In Pandemic Relief Bill “Decency is Democrats using the political power they’ve been handed to finally deliver for the hardworking people of this country.”

2021-02-26 ‘It Should Be Easier to Raise Minimum Wage Than to Drop Bombs on Syria’: Progressives Fume at Biden “We assassinate people by drone strike and have a literal prison colony in Guantanamo but where we draw the line is ignoring the Senate parliamentarian when [she] says no to a minimum wage hike.”

2021-02-26 Democrats come up with Plan B for raising the minimum wage. Republicans keep lying about it (this article does not mention over riding the parliamentarian’s decision?)

2021-02-26 MD-Sen: Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D) Calls For Abolishing The Filibuster To Pass The $15 Minimum Wage Last night the Senate parliamentarian ruled that the Senate budget reconciliation rules prohibited the inclusion of the $15 minimum wage increase in the reconciliation process. This ruling shows that the entire anti-majoritarian rules structure in the Senate needs to change. The American people voted in overwhelming numbers to hand Democrats the Senate majority. We should be able to take a vote on a minimum wage without being blocked by antiquated rules. Since Republicans are set on using their 50 votes to block progress in the Senate, that means the filibuster has to go.

2021-02-25 “Not Ready to Give Up”: Democrats Push Senate to Keep Popular $15 Minimum Wage in Stimulus Bill As the House of Representatives prepares to pass a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, a fight is brewing over the inclusion of an increase to the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. The measure is at risk in the Senate, where conservative Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema oppose its inclusion in the relief bill or suggest a lower amount. Congressmember Jan Schakowsky of Illinois says Congress must pass the minimum wage hike to help address inequality in the United States. “The current minimum wage, federally, is $7.25. Now, you can’t live on that. You can’t raise a family on that,” she says. “Those colleagues of mine who think that it is too high, that we have to have perhaps a regional wage, are so disrespectful.”

2021-02-25 Democrats Can’t Afford to Dilute Their $15 Minimum Wage Proposal The wage increase in the Covid relief bill also applies to tipped workers and others making a subminimum wage. Democrats should fight tooth and nail to make it law.


from Creating Better World

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