Senate Parliamentarian Rules $15.00 per Hour Pay Hike Cannot Be Included in Reconciliation Process
The Senate Parliamentarian ruled on Wednesday that the proposed $15.00 per hour pay hike cannot be advanced through the Senate using its famous reconciliation process. The significance of this development is great since without being eligible for reconciliation, the proposal would have to advance in a standard floor bill subject to the 60-vote filibuster. However, absent the minimum wage sticking point it will become much easier for the Democrats to pass their budget stuffed with pork and directed projects inclusive of $1400.00 stimulus checks for all individuals including "mixed-status families" with undocumented immigrant children.
A CNN report tells of how the parliamentarian ruling results in there being "no viable options to use the procedures in the Senate to keep the wage hike in the bill." But Fox News indicates that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is intending on keeping the provision in the House bill despite the ruling. On the Senate side, Senate President Kamala Harris is able to override the ruling although the implications of such a drastic move would be dire.