Biden says $ 15 minimum wage will not survive Kovid relief talks

President Joe Biden delivers a foreign policy speech during a State Department visit in Washington on February 4, 2021.

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President Joe Biden said this weekend that it is unlikely that the $ 15 federal minimum wage provision turns it into the next Kovid-19 relief package, punctuating a major campaign promise as Democrats seek Republican support in Congress Without further press to pass $ 1.4 trillion.

Biden said his administration would insist on a single bill to raise the minimum wage.

“I don’t think that, but I think it’s going to survive,” Biden told CBS’s Nora O’Donnell on Sunday in an interview that she’s completely up in the air. “I guess it won’t be in [the stimulus bill]”

Democrats in Congress have moved to pass a $ 1.9 trillion stimulus package without Republican support in the Senate using the parliamentary process. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, said Friday that the low chamber aims to pass the fiscal relief package within two weeks.

The budget resolution directs the committees to write legislation reflecting the Biden Kovid relief package, while staying under the $ 1.9 trillion target. Democrats passed provisions such as $ 1,400 direct payments, $ 400 jobless benefits per week through September, $ 350 billion in state, local and tribal government relief, $ 20 billion in National Kovid Immunization Program, and $ 50 billion for virus testing Planned to do.

The bill is likely to include $ 170 billion for K-12 schools and higher education institutions, and $ 30 billion for rent and utility assistance.

Republicans protested, including a wage increase warning of the Kovid-19 relief package, it could put pressure on businesses that are already struggling with the economic collapse of the epidemic. And West Virginia Democrat Sen. Jay. Manchin also opposes the wage hike, meaning Democrats will not have the votes to pass it even by a simple majority under conciliation.

While Biden said the $ 15 per hour wage provision would be unlikely to be made in the Kovid Relief Bill, he promised to prioritize wage increases in separate legislation.

“I am ready as the President of the United States to do my job on a separate negotiation on the minimum wage from what is now.” “No one should work 40 hours a week and live before poverty wages and you’re making less than $ 15 an hour, you’re living below poverty wages.”

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