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Bernie Sanders amendment for $15 minimum wage fails in Senate
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Sen. Bernie Sanders' effort to insert a $15 minimum wage provision into the massive coronavirus spending bill failed in the Senate Friday.
Sanders faced bipartisan opposition with just 42 Democrats siding with him and 58 senators voting "no" as of the vote count by 1 p.m. The official tally had not yet been announced, but it was clear Friday afternoon that Sanders' effort to boost wages fell short of the 60 votes needed to be included in President Biden's signature stimulus legislation to fight the pandemic and boost the economy.
Unlike the House, the Senate version of the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill does not include an increase to the minimum wage due to a ruling by the Senate parliamentarian.
DEMOCRATS' $15 MINIMUM WAGE HIKE CANNOT BE INCLUDED IN $1.9T RELIEF BILL, SENATE PARLIAMENTARIAN RULES
Sanders, an unrelenting proponent of raising the $7.25 federal minimum wage, sought to insert the measure back into the legislation by an amendment on Friday.
"This reconciliation bill does not include an increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour," Sanders said in a speech before the vote. "In my view, it should have. I think the parliamentarian was dead wrong, but more importantly, it is an absurd process that we allow an unelected staffer — somebody who works for the Senate not elected by anybody — to make a decision as to whether 30 million Americans get a pay raise or not."