The Biden era continues to be a mess of mistakes.
But Democrats never saw this one coming.
And Chuck Schumer suffered a crippling defeat that has Democrats asking one big question.
Democrats tried to jam a job-killing minimum wage increase to $15 per hour in the $2 trillion bailout bill they are ramming through Congress by party lines using the reconciliation process.
Using reconciliation means Democrats only need 50 votes to pass a bill with Kamala Harris casting the tie breaking vote.
But to use reconciliation, a bill must be in line with Senate rules to only pertain to budgetary matters on taxes and spending.
The Senate Parliamentarian decides what violates the “Byrd Rule” and the parliamentarian struck the minimum wage increase from the bailout bill the Senate hoped to pass.
Chuck Schumer claimed the Democrats would still press for a $15 an hour minimum wage.
“We are not going to give up the fight to raise the minimum wage to $15 to help millions of struggling American workers and their families,” Schumer declared. “The American people deserve it, and we are committed to making it a reality.”
A Congressional Budget Office report found increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour would kill 1.4 million jobs, which is more than the number of Americans a minimum wage increase to $15 per hour would lift out of poverty.
This is a significant legislative defeat for Democrats as Joe Biden made the $15 per hour minimum wage a centerpiece proposal of the $2 trillion bailout bill.
Now Democrats are scrambling to keep the minimum wage increase alive but all the options – fire the Parliamentarian, overrule the Parliamentarian, or pass a standalone minimum wage increase – don’t appear to have the votes.
Renewed Right will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.