federal minimum wage

Dems use slim majority to push $1.9T bill through Senate

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.

Reporters reach out to Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., as he arrives for votes on President Joe Biden's cabinet nominees, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. Manchin, chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said today he will vote in favor of New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland to serve as interior secretary, clearing the way for likely approval of her nomination as the first Native American to head a Cabinet agency. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate Democrats defection sparks in-party tension

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.