An activist wears a “Fight For $15” T-shirt during a news conference prior to a vote on the Raise the Wage Act in 2019 in Washington, DC. | Alex Wong/Getty Images
The Senate parliamentarian says the minimum wage increase can’t be part of the stimulus bill.
The $15 minimum wage is effectively dead — for now.
The Senate parliamentarian, Elizabeth MacDonough, told senators on Thursday that the policy did not have a significant enough effect on the federal budget to be included as part of the $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief bill. That decision — while one that Democrats could ignore — means there likely won’t be any more action on the minimum wage in the near term.
Democrats expressed disappointment at the decision.
SCHUMER: “We are deeply disappointed in this decision. We are not going to
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