A Senate official’s ruling against raising the Democrats’ $ 15 minimum wage in the upcoming coronavirus bill has rekindled calls for an end to Senate filibuster.
Democrats are trying to pass the legislation through reconciliation, an expedited process that allows them to bypass 60-vote legislative obstructionism. Therefore, each provision included in the bill must pass the arcane budget rules.
Senate MP Elizabeth MacDonough ruled Thursday that raising the minimum wage in the $ 1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill does not meet budget rules.
The decision was a blow to progressives, who saw the measure as a key provision of the aid bill.
Progressive senators took to Twitter after Thursday’s ruling to express frustration with the decision and call for the removal of obstructionism.
Senator Elizabeth warrenElizabeth WarrenBecerra Says She Wants To ‘Build On’ ObamaCare When Pressed On Medicare For All Yellen, Rep. Adeyemo On Track For Quick Confirmation Menendez Reintroduces Corporate Diversity Bill MORE (D-Mass) tweeted on Thursday “Democrats shouldn’t be held hostage [Sen.] Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell Klain on Manchin’s objection to Neera Tanden: He ‘doesn’t answer us in the White House’ Democratic fury with the Republican Party explodes in the House Murkowski undecided about Tanden as a nomination in limbo MORE [R-Ky.] to help struggling families. It’s time to ditch the filibuster to raise the minimum wage to $ 15 and pass the other bold policies that Americans voted for us to abide by. ”
Democrats shouldn’t be held hostage by Mitch McConnell to help struggling families. It’s time to ditch the filibuster to raise the minimum wage to $ 15 and pass the other bold policies Americans voted for us to abide by. https://t.co/hc91pKrIq3
– Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) February 26, 2021
Warren, a former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, has asked the Senate to remove obstructionism earlier, stating that the next time Democrats are in power, the decision must be made.
“Let me be as clear as possible on this. When the Democrats are in power, we must be bold: We end up with two sets of rules: one for Republicans and one for Democrats,” he said in 2019, according to a Politico report.
Senator Alex PadillaAlex PadillaBiden’s Elections Face Danger in 50-50 Senate Menendez Reintroduces Corporate Diversity Bill States Paying Billions in Fraudulent Unemployment Claims MORE (D-Calif.) He tweeted “put an end to filibuster. Raise the minimum wage. ”
Put an end to obstructionism.
Increase the minimum wage.
– Senator Alex Padilla (@SenAlexPadilla) February 26, 2021
But despite calls from lawmakers, Senate Democrats are unlikely to be able to successfully push back on filibuster. Democrats would need all 50 members of their caucus to invoke the “nuclear option,” which would end filibuster with a simple majority.
However, moderate Democrats like the senator. Joe manchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinKlain on Manchin’s Objection to Neera Tanden: “He Doesn’t Answer Us at the White House” Klain Says Harris Would Not Overrule MP on Minimum Wage Increase On The Money: Senate Panels Postpone Tanden Meetings in negative signal | Biden signs supply chain order after ‘positive’ meeting with lawmakers MORE (W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) Have already said they would oppose getting rid of the filibuster, and several other members have not expressed an opinion on the measure in any way.
Talks about filibuster were also mentioned earlier last month, when Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Tried to preserve filibuster like himself and Majority Leader. Charles schumerChuck SchumerHillicon Valley: Biden Signs Chip Order | Hearing on Media Misinformation | Facebook Agreement with Australia | CIA House Rules Nominee SolarWinds Releases New Text of COVID-19 Relief Bill Budowsky: Cruz Goes to Cancun, AOC Goes to Texas MORE (DN.Y.) were negotiating a power-sharing agreement for the equally divided chamber.
McConnell withdrew the provision after Manchin and Sinema said they would not support ending the filibuster, and the Senate ultimately passed the power-sharing measure.
Still, some progressive lawmakers lobbied Thursday night for the Senate to end filibuster to pass a $ 15 minimum wage.
Senator Brian schatzBrian Emanuel Schatz Senate referee who will play a major role in Biden’s relief plan Bipartisan group of lawmakers proposes a bill to lift the rule that imposes a large financial burden on USPS Warren to join the Finance panel that oversees the taxes and health care PLUS (D-Hawaii), also criticized the procedure on Twitter, saying that “Obstruction was never in the constitution, originated mainly by accident and has historically been used to block civil rights. No legislature in the world has a supermajority requirement because that is stupid and paralyzing. It’s time to end Jim Crow filibuster. ”
Obstructionism was never in the constitution, it originated mainly by accident, and has historically been used to block civil rights. No legislature in the world has a majority majority requirement because that is stupid and paralyzing. Time to end the Jim Crow filibuster.
– Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) February 26, 2021
Senator Chris murphyChristopher (Chris) Scott Murphy New Rule Shocks Senate Armed Services Subcommittees Biden Promises Gun Action Amid Resistance Shows Sunday: Trump’s acquittal in second impeachment reverberates MORE (D-Conn.) He also tweeted “filibuster is killing democracy.”
Obstructionism is killing democracy.
– Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) February 26, 2021
After the ruling of MacDonough, Speaker of the House Nancy pelosiNancy Pelosi: Senators do not have a timeline for removal of the National Guard near Capitol Democratic fury with the Republican Party explodes in the House of Representatives Republican tries to appeal a fine for bypassing the off-camera metal detector PLUS (D-Calif.) He said the minimum wage increase will still be included in the bill when the House votes on it, leaving the Senate to remove the language.
Updated 11:00 pm