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Houdini asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 2 months ago

Is it funny that Americans won't get their Federal $15 minimum wage because Republicans in the Senate want to keep them poor?

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    I don't think we can really blame Republicans for this. And well I support the $15 minimum wage, this was probably the right decision on the merits.

    The decision instead comes from these Senate parliamentarian, a staff member who oversees the rules of the Senate. You see what's happening is that Democrats are planning to use a process known as budget reconciliation to pass this covid-19 bill. Normally, the Senate only requires a simple majority to pass laws, however any Senator can filibuster, or block, any proposed bill. This makes it extremely difficult to pass legislation normally. There is, however, another way that they can use to pass some bills. This is called budget reconciliation. It's a process which was originally intended to reconcile discrepancies between House and Senate budget bills. It can be used to pass a budget related bill on a simple majority vote without the possibility of a filibuster. There's two catches. One is that it can only be used on a single broad topic. So, back in 2017, Republicans were able to use it for tax cuts but they couldn't also use it for healthcare oh, it had to be one of the other. The other catch is that the parts of the bill under consideration have to be directly related to the budget. You can't pass something which is purely regulatory. So you couldn't use, for example, the budget reconciliation process to pass a law regulating voting rights. This became an issue with the $15 minimum wage. This is not directly a spending or taxing matter. Instead it's a regulatory one which would require businesses to pay at least a certain wage. The argument from proponents of keeping the wage in the bill was that an increased minimum wage would impact the budget. If people made more money they pay more in taxes. But this was always somewhat dubious. At its most pure, the budget reconciliation process is only really supposed to apply to spending or taxing matters. The $15 minimum wage is a Mater regulation. The Senate parliamentarian was probably mostly right tube removed from the bill, at least on the procedural merits

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Its funny how libs dont realize that minimum wage will just raise other costs.

  • 2 months ago

    If you are not young, or a recent immigrant and need the government to mandate you a raise, you are making poor life decisions. 

  • Kevin
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    It will put an estimated 1.4 million Americans out of work.  You'll be able to thank the Dems from the unemployment line.    

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Most people in hourly jobs are already making close to $15/hr. Even McDonalds is paying around that in states who do not have a minimum wage above the federal.

  • 2 months ago

    If you depend on the gov to get a good wage... look in the mirror. I earned far more by time i was 21. i earned it.

  • 2 months ago

    It's actually a non-partisan that ruled that the wage increase can't be in the Covid relief bill.  With the majority in both the House and the Senate, if the minimum wage increase was important to democrats, it could easily be a stand alone bill.  So why hasn't it?  

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    And morons keep voting them into office. Must be masochists. 

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Yes it’s funny....lol

    Source(s): Calvin Holmes
  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Poor people are stupid people. 

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