Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema says she opposes $15 minimum wage in COVID relief bill

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) opposes the bump to a $15 minimum wage nationwide included in President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief proposal, Politico reported.

“What’s important is whether or not it’s directly related to short-term COVID relief. And if it’s not, then I am not going to support it in this legislation,” Sinema told Politico in a telephone interview this week. “The minimum wage provision is not appropriate for the reconciliation process. It is not a budget item. And it shouldn’t be in there.”

The provision would raise the federal minimum wage immediately to $12 per hour, and increase it by 50 cents per hour every year until it reaches $15.

Critics of the wage increase argue that small businesses have already been stretched to the breaking point by the coronavirus lockdowns and that being required to increase pay more would result in layoffs and business failures.

COVID-19 relief

With the 50–50 split in the Senate, Sinema’s objection could be enough to keep the bill from passing, although the bill could be passed without including the minimum wage provision.

In an interview with CBS earlier in February, Biden said the minimum wage provision might not make it into the final bill. “I put it in but I don’t think its going to survive,” he told CBS’s Norah O’Donnell, according to CNBC.

However, if the provision doesn’t make it into the final coronavirus package, Biden said he would raise a stand-alone minimum wage bill.

Under current rules, the Senate filibuster requires 60 senators to vote to advance a bill for it to get a final vote on the Senate floor. Unlike most Democrats, Sinema and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) oppose eliminating the filibuster.

“Kyrsten is against eliminating the filibuster, and she is not open to changing her mind about eliminating the filibuster,” Sinema’s spokesperson said in January, as the Daily Caller reported.

Tremendous power

Sinema is the first Democrat in Arizona to be elected to the Senate in 30 years, Politico reported. She and Manchin seem to be the only Democrats standing in the way of the Democrats’ radical agenda, which gives her tremendous power in the Senate.

But according to Sinema, she isn’t willing to bend on her decisions to earn popularity.

“It’s not effective to pressure me on anything. Because I am a thoughtful person who takes a lot of time, deliberatively, to make decisions,” Sinema told Politico. “Once I’ve made a decision, I feel very comfortable with it. And it doesn’t matter what other people think.”

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  1. Let’s hope the new standards set by Pelosi on Impeachments come 2022 will cause Biden to be removed as sitting President, it’s not like there is not enough impeachable offenses committed by Biden, to have cause and effect in the game that the Democrats like to play at, with great financial cost to the tax payor. Remember the seven senator traitors and pray they will tossed out of office, and as many Democrat radicals as possible. How long are these can’t govern Democrats going to keep armed troops and bob wire around our capital to protect their twisted non American views? Where is the public medical records and statement that Joe Biden is of sound mind any way? Is he being examined by a real doctor or just another bought and paid for opinion? Every day that goes bye is the cause of more and more Americans losing their jobs with more and more illegals allowed to enter our Country without being tested for the virus looks like just another by China attack on our home land by those who can’t govern.

    1. Remove Biden we get Kamala who is actually worse. Remove Kamala and we get Piglosy which again is worse. There is no way to win right now until the next election. Just pray we still have a country in 4 years.

      1. no we will not have a great country this is the end of that thanks to all the stupid DEMOCRATES i bet they are sorry now that voted for those two high taxes gas is going to be $4.00 a gal.food prices are going to go sky high but everything free for the people coming over the boarder covid 19 is never going to leave us now we are going to be living under China laws thanks to a-hole biden i didn’t say president because he’ll never be mine. and to show you how stupid they are for voting for biden he said he’ll raise taxes if you vote for him i hope all who voted for him suffer because he doesn’t care about any of you

  2. $15 minimum wage would be fine if you don’t mind paying $10 for a McDonalds Big Mac. If you’re OK with millions of people losing their jobs because of it. Maybe we can pay the illegals to take the jobs. There will be million of them to take care of when we open the border and let everybody come in. Talk about utter stupidity.

    1. The Democrat’s will have our country in the same condition as California in no time flat, with puppet Buffoon Biden at the helm.

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    1. We have already seen the effects of “possible” $15 an hour wages. During Obama’s reign of terror. McDonalds started using kiosks to take orders and accept credit or debit cards. This caused the elimination of about 1/2 of the staff during each shift. These restaurants turned into pigstys due to noone cleaning constantly.we actually stopped going to any place that instituted these ridiculous wages.

  4. Senema is the 1st dem in 30 yrs to be elected to the senate from Arizona? Looks like more fraud just like what happened in the Georgia runnoff. Please don’t hold your breaths for the GOP winning in 2022, I’m sure the dems are already scheming on rigging that election and with the corrupt courts including the SCOTUS behind them, they will not lose many future elections. And besides, many GOP voters have given up on the GOP and will sit out many future elections knowing that the elections are rigged. They also have BAD feelings about the spinless GOP for not coming to Trump’s defense and voting against the shame certification. As far as corrupt Biden, since he has the DOJ and FBI behind him you can forget about him being impeached. Oh yes, if these agencies were actually honest, they could provide tons of wrongdoing againt this bum BUT since they are not honest, Big Joe gets a ‘get out of jail card’. Trump failed in his 4 years to have any deep state turd arrested so now they are still going after him with both barrels and will not stop until they COMPLETELY destroy the man and his family. These dems are disgusting slime.

  5. In an interview with CBS earlier in February, Biden said the minimum wage provision might not make it into the final bill. “I put it in but I don’t think its going to survive.
    Hey Joe, that’s how you got there. The DNC just put you in there to see what would happen, but they don’t expect you to survive.

  6. ITS REALLY UNFORTUNATE THAT WE PATRIOTS ARE GOING TO BE FORCED TO TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY BY ARMED INTERVENTION. ITS THE ONLY WAY . REPUBLICANS ARE SPINELESS POS AND WONT BE ANY HELP AND THERE ARENT ENOUGH REAL GOOD DEMS TO MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE SO ITS UP TO US PATRIOTS TO DO WHAT MUST BE DONE BUT WE CANT WAIT TO LONG. THESE MAGGOT LIBERALS ARE LIKE TICKS ONCE THEY GET THEIR CLAWS IN THEY SUCK THE LIFE BLOOD OUT. THE TIME IS AT HAND FOR PATRIOTS TO STRIKE

  7. Ya Sinema waffles back & forth – she is in favor of sending $1400 checks to illegals – wrote her a nice little letter about putting illegals before we the American ppl!!
    In 4 Years we will NOT recognize this country!

  8. No matter how it is said or covered Joe Biden and K Harris are to croupt and stupid to run anything, much less US. How long are we going to put up with them, i ‘m ready for impeachment of Biden Harris Nadler Schiff Schumer Pelosi the jerk who slept with Chinaese spy Newsom Murphy Whitmer, we have a list of folks who don’t belong in our goverment.

  9. Agree with all above posts! A $15.00 minimum wage increase would cause prices to go up, taxes to go up, when all is said and done people would be worse off, with price and tax increases than before the wage hike! Every time the minimum wage increases, increased prices and taxes eat up more than the wage gain.

    1. I pray everyday an night that dems will get their just rewards. A big bowl of crap!! They cheat, lie and steal. Biden has something medically wrong with him. God help us all.

  10. How about letting the illegals work their butts off and pay taxes while we sit at home and collect what the Biden administration are paying the illegals.

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