Report: Biden will not fight for minimum wage increase in relief bill

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday that President Biden is “committed” to pushing through minimum wage reform in his massive coronavirus relief proposal.

However, the Washington Examiner reported the same day that a top aide told the outlet that Biden has already admitted defeat and will not fight for the $15 minimum wage increase if the Senate shows resistance — which it already has.

Senate resistance

Democrats voted in favor of pushing the monolithic relief bill through the upper chamber and into the budget reconciliation process, which would allow the finalization of the bill’s passage without bipartisan support.

However, the GOP was able to secure some concessions from Senate Democrats before the vote to move the bill to the budget reconciliation process, one of which was the removal of the $15 federal minimum wage mandate.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) announced that he’s working with a team of lawyers to develop an argument in favor of implementing the wage hike, but Moderate Democrats in the upper chamber appear unconvinced.

A Congressional Budget Office report threw another monkey wrench into the mix on Monday, claiming that the proposed minimum wage increase would lift 900,000 people above the poverty line, but at the cost of 1.4 million other jobs.

Biden himself does not appear optimistic about the chances of pushing the leftist measure through this time around, admitting on Sunday during an interview that he “put it in [the legislation], but I don’t think it’s going to survive.”

Losing momentum

If GOP resistance to a massive minimum wage hike as part of a supposed “relief” bill wasn’t enough, the CBO’s nonpartisan report outlining the potentially devastating effects of the proposal could be the death knell for the liberal dream.

White House Counsel of Economic Advisers member Jared Bernstein attempted to diffuse negative implications that the report highlighted by declaring that “we have a tendency to focus on some of the big negatives” and that alternative research shows a minimum wage increase has far less economic impact than alleged.

Biden himself appears to have taken notice of the pushback against the drastic minimum wage hike, hedging on Friday that his “guess” is that it will not be a part of the final Senate bill, but he’s willing to negotiate it separately.

“My guess is, it will not be in it,” Biden said on Friday. “But I do think that we should have a minimum wage, stand by itself, $15 an hour, and work your way up to the 15. It doesn’t have to be “boom.”

“I’m prepared, as president of the United States, on a separate negotiation on minimum wage, to work my way up from what it is now,” he concluded.

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  1. China Joe is trying to destroy the natural balance of the economy. He so stupid he thinks $15 minimum wage is going to take people out of poverty.
    All it’s going to do is raise wages for the unions. Which in turn will cause inflation to take over, where those making $15/hour will become the working poor.
    Then all seniors on fixed income, will become the retired poor.

    1. anti-AMERICAN, Dementia biden’s, With all his DARK CASH $MILLIONS, if he cared so much for our American People, he should give up his SALARY AND DONATE IT TO ALL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR JOBS, STARVING TO PAY BILL AND TRYING TO PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE FOR THEIR FAMILIES, AND DONATE TO THE SMALL BUSINESS THAT ARE ABOUT TO CLOSE FOREVER.
      biden made sure, on his 1st day in office, he ENDED ALL THE JOBS for the people working on the KEYSTONE PIPE LINES AND STOPPED THE BUILDING OF BORDER WALL, KILLING ALL THEIR JOBS AS WELL.
      biden made sure to OPEN ALL THE BORDERS, SO THAT ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS,INCLUDING RAPIST, KILLERS, CHILD MOLESTERS, GANGS, THE DRUG CARTEL, EVERY TYPE OF CRIMINAL AND TERRORIST, WILL BE FREE TO ENTER THE USA “WITHOUT EVEN BEING TESTED FOR “THE COVID-19 VIRUS.” AND THEY WILL BE RELEASED INTO EVERY STATE.
      Dementia biden and the Radical DO NOTHING DemoRATS, don’t care what happens to America, as long as can continue to do whatever they want and have the POWER & CONTROL OF EVERYTHING, so they still will be able to commit their Criminal Activities and make their usual DARK CASH

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  3. $15.00 per hour minimum wage would totally destroy small businesses. DeminoncRats have zero brains-!!!! And, in case you aren’t aware, they favor illegal immigrants over USA Citizens to get their future vote. They don’t give a dam about anything else-!!!

  4. Biden is not the POTUS – Who ever writes the exec orders that he signs, and what ever he says on his teleprompter is.

  5. $15 dollar an hour increase is necessary in California,Washington and most of the liberal states because the cost of living in much higher in these states. In other states it would decimate small business. The problem with democrats is that they seem to think that all 50 states are exactly the same. Even city to city there are differences. Philadelphia is very different than Pittsburgh. Arlington Virginia is very different from Virginia Beach. Miami is different from Tampa,etc. Not only are these cities different when it comes to the economy, they are different socially too. You cannot try to make these changes to the country as a whole without causing a lot of despair.

  6. Joe’s handlers need to make sure he knows what he can and can’t do. They need to keep reminding him hourly. Don’t let him in front of a microphone until he has practiced the speech they give him. Be careful, he could say something they can’t cover up or fix.

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