The Senate is currently comprised of 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans. Even though the number of senators is technically tied, Democrats still have the majority because Vice President Kamala Harris can break any voting ties.
This weekend, the Senate managed to vote in favor of the American Rescue Plan. Not a single GOP senator voted for the legislation; although, Democrats have already expressly communicated that bipartisan support doesn’t matter to them if passing legislation can happen on party vote alone.
Since the Biden administration’s rise to power, there’s been quite a bit of talk about raising the minimum wage, as Breitbart News confirms.
Many Democrat voters are disappointed that a $15 minimum wage hike wasn’t part of the American Rescue Plan; however, according to Sen. Joe Manchin, a moderate Democrat, every single senator is interested in increasing the minimum wage.
Sen. Manchin on a Minimum Wage Increase in America
On Sunday morning, Manchin spoke with CNN about the current happenings in U.S. politics. Less than one day after the Senate passed the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, Manchin declared that “not one senator out of 100” opposes increasing the minimum wage.
The moderate Democrat then professed that the benchmark for a minimum wage increase ought to be determined by the poverty line. Hence, Manchin’s argument claims that $11 per hour is the best minimum wage since that goes slightly above the line of poverty.
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— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) March 6, 2021
Manchin ultimately stated that increasing the minimum wage to $11 per hour can happen over a period of years. Then, the West Virginia Democrat noted the importance of “indexing” this minimum wage hike for the purposes of inflation.
Finally, Manchin told CNN that raising the minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $11 per hour is the “easiest lift” that anyone can realistically hope for.
Republicans on Raising the Minimum Wage
Raising the minimum wage is something that Democrats and their voters have largely supported. Republicans, on the other hand, have spoken about the economic consequences that stem from minimum wage increases.
Manchin’s assertions from earlier this morning claim that all 50 GOP senators are supportive of a minimum wage hike; yet, Republicans in the Senate have not come forward and confirmed this claim.
Democrats’ $1.9 trillion package is filled with policies unrelated to COVID. These partisan projects will not help get kids back in classrooms, get vaccines into arms, or help Main Street businesses reopen. https://t.co/hX3Rupn3zB
— Senate GOP Policy (@SenateRPC) March 6, 2021
Ultimately, the weeks and months ahead will reveal the actions taken by the Senate regarding an increase in the minimum wage.
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