His proposal to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour was perhaps the most newsworthy piece of President Biden’s “American Rescue Plan.”
In the last few weeks, the prospects of the increase actually being attainable as a piece of the coronavirus relief bill have looked dim. The input of some pretty important Democrats, Biden and key centrist Sens. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Joe Manchin of West Virginia among them, established cause for doubt.
In any case, Democrats elsewhere are still vying for it, and it is by no means out of the question that a $15 minimum wage makes it over the finish line in the final relief package. Here’s the state of play.
Democrats decided to tackle their coronavirus relief package through budget reconciliation rules rather than regular order because, under reconciliation, they don’t need any Republican votes for passage. The catch is, something called the Byrd Rule limits what can be included in