Biden insists on US minimum wage of $ 15 / hour after Senate blockade

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Biden insists on US minimum wage of $ 15 / hour after Senate blockade




US President Joe Biden listens to a question after delivering a speech at the White House in Washington


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US President Joe Biden listens to a question after delivering a speech at the White House in Washington


WASHINGTON, Feb.26 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden remains committed to raising the country’s minimum wage to $ 15 an hour after Senate parliamentary procedures expert Elizabeth MacDonough ruled that the The clause could not be included in the COVID-19 aid package, a senior White House economic adviser said on Friday.

In an interview on MSNBC, the director of the White House National Economic Council, Brian Deese, said that the Biden administration was disappointed by the ruling issued on Thursday by MacDonough, so it would consult with congressional leaders on way forward.

“He is committed to getting it,” he said. “We were disappointed by the ruling of the parliamentarian.”

MacDonough said Thursday that the clause, which would more than double the federal minimum wage, could not be included in the $ 1.9 trillion stimulus bill that Democrats seek to pass through a process known as reconciliation.

A higher salary “is the right thing to do. We are going to consult with our allies in Congress, with the leaders of Congress today to discuss a way forward on how we can urgently move forward on an issue that is urgent. At the same time, it is It is necessary to act on this American Rescue Plan, “added Deese.

(Information from Susan Heavey; edited by Alex Richardson and Chizu Nomiyama; translated by Flora Gómez at the Gdansk newsroom)

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