Republicans In Washington Block Biden’s $15/hour Minimum Wage Increase

Bad news this week for low income workers. This week, complex parliamentary rules stopped the Senate from including a $15 minimum wage in President Biden’s relief package.

So even though polls show a $15 minimum wage is one of the most popular policy ideas in the country, Republicans seem to have successfully blocked it.

The federal minimum wage has sat at $7.25 per hour since 2009. Democrats want an increase up to $15 per hour, phased in over several years. But they can’t vote on it due to the threat of a Republican Senate filibuster, which needs 60 votes to overcome. They hoped to include the increase under special budget reconciliation procedures, which can’t be filibustered. But the Senate parliamentarian ruled the increase isn’t sufficiently relevant to the budget for inclusion, due to the so-called “Byrd rule,” named after legendary Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV).

29 states and the District of Columbia exceed the federal minimum wage, covering a little over 60% of the U.S. workforce. Red states like Missouri, Arkansas, and Florida have higher minimums, but those came through ballot initiatives. For states without ballot options, such as Texas, Wisconsin, and North Carolina, higher minimums are very unlikely due to Republican control of state legislatures.

A minimum wage increase would help those at the bottom of the labor market, help push up wages for the many just above them who also are struggling, and reduce turnover costs for businesses. But Republicans seem to have blocked it for now, and states and market forces alone won’t solve the problem.


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