Pelosi Vows Minimum Wage Hike ‘Will Remain’ in COVID Relief Bill Despite Senate Parliamentarian Ruling

Despite a Senate parliamentarian ruling, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is pressing forward with the minimum wage hike provision in the COVID-19 relief package.

“The ruling from the Senate parliamentarian is disappointing,” Pelosi said in a statment on Thursday night.

She added that raising the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour would “give 27 million Americans a well-deserved raise and pull nearly one million Americans out of poverty in the middle of a once-in-a-century devastating pandemic and economic crisis.”

The Senate parliamentarian ruled on Thursday that the minimum wage hike could not be included in the relief package, saying it did not meet guidelines under the Senate’s “reconciliation” rules.

However, Pelosi is keeping the provision in the bill.

“House Democrats believe that the minimum wage hike is necessary.  Therefore, this provision will remain in the American Rescue Plan on the Floor tomorrow. Democrats in the House are determined to pursue every possible path in the Fight For 15.”

“Tomorrow, when we pass the American Rescue Plan, the American people will know that Help Is On The Way,” she concluded her statement.

The House of Representatives is expected to vote on President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid bill on Friday.

As CNN reports, “That means that the House will pass its bill, the Senate will have to strip the minimum wage provision out, and then eventually the House will have to pass that bill again at the end of the process.”

The White House responded to Thursday’s ruling by the Senate parliamentarian, saying Biden is “disappointed” by it but “he respects the parliamentarian’s decision and the Senate’s process.”

“He will work with leaders in Congress to determine the best path forward because no one in this country should work full time and live in poverty,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.

She continued, “He urges Congress to move quickly to pass the American Rescue Plan, which includes $1400 rescue checks for most Americans, funding to get this virus under control, aid to get our schools reopened and desperately needed help for the people who have been hardest hit by this crisis.”


  1. They decided to go the route of reconciliation to avoid filibuster. They need to follow the rules with that process.

  2. the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour would ”pull nearly one million Americans out of poverty” House Speaker Pelosi

    And don’t forget to mention all of the people that won’t have to rely on expensive government support programs because they will be better able to support themselves, too. 😉 Economically conservative voters should LOVE this fact.

    1. This is a joke, right? You do understand that a higher federal minimum wage will only force employers to cut employees’ hours, fire workers (causing unemployment and poverty to rise), and promote moving toward more automated processes and phasing out of human workers in critical roles.

      Judging by your political compass score, looks like you shouldn’t be speaking for economically conservative folks.

      1. No, General Enlightenment, you don’t sound very enlightened.

        Thirty-two million poor workers will IMMEDIATELY start spending more money (because they HAVE to) circulating up to $92 billion more in the economy. The overall effect of that will massively improve the economy across the board AND improve the lives of millions of poor working families. It will also remove many people off of the door. People should have a much better chance of earning just enough money to stop working full time but living on the streets or in their cars.

        The myth of mass unemployment because people earn more makes no sense. It is just fearmongering designed to stop people from earning a living wage. When was the last time that YOU felt what life was like to work full-time but not be able to afford to live? Sure there are a few people who may be let go, but it won’t be as many as what people like you want others to fear, AND, if the feds do it right, I am sure that they can think up a few ways to diminish even that small number of lost jobs, IF they really want to.

        So, General Enlightenment, tell us what YOU have against poor people?

  3. The parliamentarian is only an advisor. The American Fascists under President Who? routinely ignored the parliamentarian’s advice.

    Let’s move on, now.

    1. LOL…Now you sound as if you are wanting to imitate Trump….VP Pence spent 2 hours with the parliamentarian in researching his ability to overturn the electoral college votes and when they found nothing, Pence simply announced the count as each state certified them to be. I think Trump is the last person you would want to imitate.

      1. As I said, why the hand-wringing? The parliamentarian is only an advizor. She gave her advice. It doesn’t HAVE to be accepted. Right? Let’s not let this stop advancing.

      2. My point is that the American Fascists don’t let much stop them from getting whatever they want (i.e. funding for that stupid wall). They just steam-roll ahead regardless. Democrats look for excuses to not deliver on their promises. This looks to be like one of those issues.

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