The US Democrats wanted to raise the minimum wage via a detour with the stimulus package. But the rules do not allow that, as has now been decided.
US President Joe Biden and his Democrats cannot increase the national minimum wage as hoped with the next Corona stimulus package to 15 US dollars per hour (10.76 pounds per hour). “We are disappointed with this decision,” said the Democratic majority leader in the Senate, Chuck Schumer. Biden was also disappointed. The reason is a decision by Senate Rules of Procedure officer Elizabeth MacDonough.
The Democrats wanted to push through the increase through a mediation process between the House of Representatives and the Senate. However, the process is originally only intended for household purposes, so MacDonough did not allow an increase in the minimum wage. For a regular legislative process in the Senate, the Democrats, who have 50 votes there, would have to rely on the approval of ten Republicans, which is not foreseeable.