Sanders To Force Vote On Minimum Wage

( Far-left Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, the Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, said this week that congressional Democrats should “ignore” a recent ruling from the Senate parliamentarian and force a vote on an amendment that would increase the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour.

On Monday, Sanders said that he wouldn’t back down on the proposal, which he has advocated for several years and across two presidential campaigns. It comes after Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth McDonough ruled that the provision wouldn’t be eligible under special budget rules for the “reconciliation” process that Democrats are planning to use to pass the COVID relief bill with a simple majority vote.

“My personal view is that the idea that we have a senate staffer, a high-ranking staffer, deciding whether 30 million Americans get a pay raise or not is nonsensical,” he said.

“We have got to make that decision, not a staffer who’s unelected, so my own view is that we should ignore the rulings, the decision of the parliamentarian,” he added.

Sanders also said that the “enormous crises facing this country and the desperation of working families” meant that Democrats had to pass the legislation and end the filibuster as soon as possible.

Ending the filibuster would allow Democrats to pass extreme legislation through a simple majority vote, which would not require the support of the other half – the Republican half – of the Senate. It would render the opinions and values of half of the American population moot.

The Vermont senator also revealed that he would force a vote on the amendment as soon as this week.

“To the best of my knowledge, there will be a vote on the minimum wage, and we’ll see what happens,” he said. “I intend to offer the bill that will raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and we’ll see how the votes go…If we fail in this legislation, I will be back.”

Senate Republicans are not united in total opposition to raising the minimum wage, though those who support an increase do not support the radical jump from $7.25 to $15. Senator Lindsey Graham recently urged Democrats to drop the talk of an increase to $15 and said Republicans would discuss a smaller and more gradual increase.

Senator Elizabeth Warren also said recently that the Senate filibuster rule was the biggest obstacle to Democrats passing their legislative agenda.

“Understand, the only reason that we’re in this mess is because of the filibuster,” she said. “If we could get rid of the filibuster, then we wouldn’t have to keep trying to force the camel through the eye of the needle.”

While Republicans are willing to negotiate, Democrats like Sanders and Warren want to pass their legislation with zero discussion with their congressional counterparts.