“The $15 minimum wage will be achieved, even if it is inconceivable to some.”
Nancy Pelosi spoke as the House passed Biden’s $1.9 trillion relief plan, after the Senate parliamentarian ruled that including a minimum-wage hike in the bill doesn't comply with Senate budget rules
Biden said he’d called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi moments earlier to praise “her extraordinary leadership” after the measure narrowly passed the House Saturday morning.
The House voted 219-212 to pass the bill, a sharp break from previous aid packages that had drawn wide bipartisan support. No Republican in the House voted for it, and no Republican senators are expected to either. Two House Democrats also voted against it. To pass the Senate, Biden needs to either woo Republican support or avoid losing a single Democratic vote.
Democrats have all but abandoned efforts to pass a bipartisan package, accusing Republicans of balking at the price tag while Republicans say Biden’s bill goes well beyond pandemic-related measures.
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