Senators Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) And Mitt Romney (R-Utah) proposed on Tuesday to raise the minimum wage to $ 10 per hour, opposing the Democrats’ higher bid that is unlikely to pass in the Senate without stronger support.
Bill called the Higher Wage Act for American Workers would be By 2025, raising the federal minimum wage from the current $ 7.25 to $ 10, and then indexing the wage to inflation every two years.
Contrary to the proposal of the Democrats, the bill will allow businesses with fewer than 20 employees to reach the minimum limit for an additional two years and, in stark contrast, will require all employers to check the legal status of workers through E-Verification by the Department of Homeland Security. system.
The proposed increase will affect a dozen states with no minimum wage of at least $ 10 by 2025.
Movement comes as Democrats wait A decision a prominent Senate advisor will make as soon as possible on Wednesday as to whether his $ 15 per hour proposal could be included in President Joe Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion incentive scheme.
Critics say the minimum wage increase does not meet the Byrd Rule, which states that any provision adopted under the compromise (the process Democrats use to bypass Republican support in the next stimulus package) should be somehow attributed to the federal budget.
Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) I said The $ 15 minimum wage faces opposition from at least two of the most conservative Democrats whose votes will be required to accept the proposal, although the current precedent on Saturday is “confident” that the parliamentarian will decide that the proposal will fulfill the rule.
“Today, American workers compete with millions of illegal immigrants for very low wages for very little work – it’s unfair,” Cotton said on Tuesday. “Ending the black market for illegal work will open jobs for Americans. Raising the minimum wage will allow Americans to fill these jobs to better support their families. Our bill does both.”
It is unclear how much support Cotton and Romney’s proposal will garner, but it is unlikely that it will become law given the razor-sharp leadership of the Democrats in the Senate. However, it can serve as a starting point for negotiations if the $ 15 fee fails to pass.
The evenly divided Senate means that all 50 Democrats must be on board for the charity bill to be passed with a tie-breaking vote by Vice President Kamala Harris, but the Democrats do not yet have that support. Senator Joe Manchin (DW.V.) says he supports the $ 11 minimum wage and is not alone in the opposition. Senator Krysten Cinema (D-Ariz.) Said earlier this month, “The minimum wage clause is not in line with the settlement process,” raising doubts that the incentive bill might pass with the proposed minimum wage increase. “This is not a budget item. And it shouldn’t be there.”
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