Unemployment: House Stimulus Plan Has Extended Benefits, Another Check, Minimum Wage Raise
Feb 20 2021
"There is communication with the Senate as to what the Byrd rule will allow in the bills as we go forward", Pelosi said.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has said increasing the $7.25 hourly federal minimum wage to $15 would increase earnings for millions of workers and lift people out of poverty but also eliminate 1.4 million jobs - findings Democrats have challenged.
The Byrd rule, which is interpreted by the Senate parliamentarian, outlines that the reconciliation process can only be used for provisions related to the federal budget.
The House is prepared to vote next week on Biden's massive package as GOP leadership is actively urging their members to reject the legislation they've dubbed a bloated progressive wish list. Under complex Senate rules for consideration of the legislation, lawmakers are now awaiting guidance from the Senate parliamentarian on whether the minimum wage provision can even be part of the package.
The minimum wage increase has been a central policy point for progressives and received qualified support from Joe Biden. Democrats hope to use budget reconciliation to push the bill through without Republican support before federal benefits run dry on March 14, The Washington Post reports.
Democrats control narrow majorities in both the House and Senate.
The House Budget Committee will take up the bill on Monday and is expected to present it to eh full House floor for a vote sometime next week. Plus, two moderate Democrats - Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Joe Manchin of West Virginia - have expressed opposition to the $15 wage in the package, making passage even harder in a 50-50 split Senate.
Some Republicans have balked at the cost of the package and called for more "targeted" relief for families during the pandemic, while others have called the $1.9 trillion proposal "totally partisan". "Americans need help. House Republicans don't care". "The overall support for the bill is even larger than the substantial majority of voters who said in January that they favored an end-of-year economic aid bill signed into law by President Donald J. Trump". "I think that's unfortunate".
Republican nevertheless sounded the alarm over the bill.
"I feel as if we've worked the staff 24/7 for a number of weeks now to make sure that we stay on schedule with the American rescue plan, the Biden plan", she said. "Now critics say my plan is too big".
"We think it's very important to have a big package [that] addresses the pain this has caused - 15 million Americans behind on their rent, 24 million adults and 12 million children who don't have enough to eat, small businesses failing", Yellen told CNBC. She graduated from Columbia University School of Journalism and was previously a News and Politics Writer for Bustle News.