Different Directions on Minimum Wages

As we anticipate another run by progressives in Congress at a federal $15 minimum wage, it’s reported that a group of moderate Senators – led by Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Mitt Romney (R-UT) are working on bipartisan legislation that would increase the federal minimum over the next four years from the current $7.25 to $10…

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It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over!

The late New York Yankee hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra is credited with first uttering that now well-known phrase, but it seems Congressional democrats are scheming to take it to the next level. Despite a majority in the US Senate being opposed to a $15 federal minimum wage, and prior rulings by the Senate…

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Forewarned is Forearmed

It will not be a surprise when the issue of raising the federal minimum wage again surfaces in Congress. A proposal by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to raise the current federal wage of $7.25 an hour to $15 per hour may have been stricken from the COVID stimulus bill by the Senate Parliamentarian, but the…

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Senate Parliamentarian Spikes Minimum Wage

Last night, Elizabeth MacDonough, the Senate Parliamentarian, ruled that a federal minimum wage increase would be ineligible under reconciliation rules, effectively killing it as a component of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. To be eligible for action in the US Senate via reconciliation under the so-called Byrd Rule (authored by and named for…

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Minimum Wage Very Much in Play

Although even the President himself opined a few weeks ago that the minimum wage increase would likely be stripped out of the American Rescue Plan Act, the issue is still very much alive and could possibly be passed as part of the $1.9 trillion relief bill. Prevailing wisdom had the wage hike dead once Senator…

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Competing Minimum Wage Proposals

With the Biden administration and Congressional leadership continuing to push to more than double the federal minimum wage (currently $7.25/hour) to $15 per hour, a different approach is expected to be introduced next week in the US Senate. Republican Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) are planning to propose legislation next week that…

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Federal Minimum Wage Hike Out, For Now

It would appear that a more than doubling of the existing federal minimum wage from the current $7.25/hour to $15/hour is out of the pending $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill pending in Congress, at least for the time being. In the initial deliberations on the budget resolution (the vehicle by which the Senate will approve…

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Pending Stimulus Bill Includes $15 Minimum Wage

Earlier this week, the US Senate voted to begin debate over stimulus legislation that would use a budget reconciliation process to avoid a potential filibuster by Senate republicans. Budget reconciliation requires only a simple majority of the Senate for passage and comes into play when legislation is deemed to have an impact on the federal…

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Hearing on Biden’s Labor Nominee

The US Senate confirmation hearing on Secretary of Labor nominee Mayor Marty Walsh was held yesterday by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions. There did not appear to be any significant issues with Mayor Walsh’s nomination and in the wake of that hearing, one can anticipate that Mayor Walsh will be confirmed…

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House Bill Would Double Federal Minimum Wage

Democratic representatives in Congress made good on promises to file legislation increasing the federal minimum wage this week with The Raise the Wage Act of 2021 being officially filed. As we know there was much talk during the campaign on the democratic side – from President Biden as well as several reps and senators –…

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