Top Senate Democrats steered the upper chamber to the left as they used their slim majority to pass Joe Biden’s massive coronavirus relief bill. On Saturday, the Senate voted 50-to-49 to pass the nearly $2 trillion package. Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) missed the vote for personal reasons.
federal minimum wage
Eight Democrats have defected their party’s proposed $15 minimum wage increase, joining in with all 50 Republicans to reject the change. On Friday, senators began to debate Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion aid package, which included a more than double increase of the federal minimum wage.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) proposed a $15 per hour minimum wage for companies making $1 billion dollars or more.