Senate parlimentarian ends Democrat-led effort to force through $15 minimum wage provision

President Joe Biden just took another major loss in his quest to ratify a $15 federal minimum wage hike after it was determined that Senate rules do not allow Democrats to force the measure through using the budget reconciliation process.

Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough, the non-partisan referee of the upper chamber, found that raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $15.00 cannot be forced through the back door as Senate Democrats were hoping, likely crushing the plan once and for all.

Major setback

Biden and his Democrat supporters in Congress took the opportunity presented by his latest COVID-19 relief bill to attempt to force through a minimum wage raise, a longtime liberal objective.

Due to the likely devastating economic impact of forcing a massive wage increase in the midst of an already-economically devastating pandemic caused the GOP and some moderate Democrats to balk at the notion.

Since the bill could not garner bipartisan support, Democrats turned to the rarely-used budget reconciliation process which would allow passage of the bill with a simple majority instead of requiring bipartisan agreement.

However, MacDonough’s declaration on Thursday night may have ended that option — though Democrats are already fighting back.

Leftists are raging

Leftists immediately cried foul, with some even calling for the Biden administration to overrule MacDonough’s decision immediately after its announcement.

The 94-member Congressional Progressive Caucus immediately released a statement declaring that “we cannot allow the advisory opinion of an unelected parliamentarian and Republican obstructionism stop us from delivering on our promise to voters. Workers are counting on us to #FightFor15 and finally #RaiseTheWage for millions.”

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, the chair of the Progressive Caucus, added that she “strongly disagrees” with the decision and that “The White House and Senate leadership can and should still include the minimum wage increase in the bill.”

“We simply cannot go back … to the voters who delivered us the White House and the Senate majority and tell them that an unelected parliamentarian advised us – based on arcane rules – that we could not raise the minimum wage as we promised,” Jayapal concluded.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said he is “deeply disappointed” in the decision, adding that “We are not going to give up the fight to raise the minimum wage to $15 to help millions of struggling American workers and their families. The American people deserve it, and we are committed to making it a reality.”

Vice President Kamala Harris, who also presides as President of the Senate, has the power to overturn the declaration, though White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki indicated that the executive branch will not step in to reverse it. “[Biden] respects the parliamentarian’s decision and the Senate’s process,” Psaki said.

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    1. Maybe the demonrats shouldn’t make promises they can’t keep. This isn’t the first promise they have made that has gone up in smoke.

      1. THE PEOPLE, MOSTLY FAST FOOD WORKERS ON PAY NOW WOULD RATHER WORK AT THE WAGE THEY ARE NOW EARNING THAN BE TOLD THEY ARE BEING LAID OFF BECAUSE $15 CAN’T BE REACHED. wHAT THEY ARE MAKING NOW IS MORE THAN THEY WOULD MAKE BEING LAID OFF.

        1. Ruth, Partially true. Fast food workers have realized that if they get $15 an hour, they will lose most or at least some of the welfare and housing benefits. But their time on the job is coming to an end anyway. One of the FF operations has opened a FULLY AUTOMATED location in the southwest U.S. Last thing I heard was it was completely successful and didn’t make mistakes !!!

    2. AMEN rm! our country is indeed a JUNGLE with the donkeys in power.! They destroy everything they get their hands on. for their personal benefits.!
      E N O U G H playing with our money & serving yourselves with the big big SPOON!

    1. They dont even belong as part of the human race. Much less in our GREAT country which they are spitting on and destroying it.!

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  2. The Den o RATS are anti American. They put things in this are not Covid related it you take all the idiotic crap in this bill it would not be 1.9 trillion it be about 200 million . if was 1.9 trillion everyone would get about 40,000 in relief instead of 1400

  3. Alinsky’s nefarious method really works with a people more focused on Netflix and Hulu than what is going on in DC.
    Prosperity can bring down a people – affluence makes people forget the lessons of history. Not all people, but enough to make us all slaves again.

  4. What Biden means, “Gee I was going to use $15 min wage, cut off oil to run up gas costs, raise taxes (of course only on the rich – right), and so many other things to destroy the US economy and force it into global subservience under the UN Bush-Agenda 21 and Obama-Agenda 2030 plans. Now I can’t destroy the economy so fast. Rats!”

  5. This was the worst thing the Democrats did to vote him in for our president they will destroy our nation if they open their mouth they are liars hopefullyWe can impeach them

    1. The demoKKKRATS didn’t vote him in. In truth he got about 30 million votes prior to the 3 a.m. ballot dumps. The electoral map showed every state except Oregon and Washington and one other (NY?) went RED for the real President, DJT. The Chinese Dominion voting machines are what “voted him in” and they are what will determine all elections in the future.

  6. The dumpcraps should all be thrown out of office – they are totally anti-American, couldn’t care less about us – the real Americans. $15 an hour would further devastate small businesses. Of course, none of the dumocraps have ever run a small business, they have no idea of what’s involved with running a business.

    1. Carol, all the legislatures are crooked Lawyers!! No business people at all!! That is the main problem!! You are soooo correct in your statement!

  7. Never in my 60 plus years of politics
    have I witnessed such destruction of our rights
    and honest government.
    Pray for Donald Trump and SUPER PAC Team
    can win Senate and Congress …
    DemoCommunist Party must be indicted
    by the entire States of America

    1. ecros, I am 70+ and I too have never ever seen the destruction of any country soo fast as what the Biden communist Democratic party has done. NEVER!! Not even Castro did it this fast!

  8. So once again the politicians so eager to pander to their electorate made promises they didn’t even know if they could keep. It just illuminates how little these people know about the jobs they so desperately want. You would think at least one of them would read a book instead of looking in the mirror.

  9. Instead of moaning, groaning and whining, give democommie supporters a “reasonable” wage raise – – add $1 per hour, giving them $8.25 per hour, or even $1.25, so it’s a nice round $8.50. NO ONE should have “go broke” trying to support it and it would give workers an additional $40.00 per week. If that’s not satisfactory, then they should all go back to higher education, earn a degree and find a better paying job. That is not impossible to do; millions of other have done it.

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