Minimum wage hike would lift 1.3 million Americans out of poverty – Jayapal
Democratic Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal Says Raising National Minimum Wage Is “Very Essential” after signing a letter to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris calling for such a measure in Biden’s stimulus bill.
On Monday, 22 House Democrats wrote to Biden and Harris, urging the latter to use her powers as Senate president to overturn the Senate MP’s ruling that a minimum wage increase to $15 an hour cannot be passed under ‘budget reconciliation’ ‘, the process Democrats are using to push the president’s $1.9 trillion aid package through the upstairs room without Republican backing.
Conciliation allows lawmakers to pass legislation with a simple majority of 51, instead of the filibuster-proof 60 votes usually required in the Senate, which is currently a 50-50 Democrat-Republican split.
“There are 27 million people who would be lifted in terms of their wages, 1.3 million people who would be lifted out of poverty, 30% of black workers would get a raise, 26% of Latinx workers would get a raise,” Jayapal told MSNBC on Monday.
She added: “It’s just a myth that it won’t lift many people out of poverty, that it’s not deeply essential no pay increase after 12 years. And number two, this is a policy popular with Democrats, Republicans and Independents. Let’s not forget that Florida voted for Donald Trump in the last election and passed a $15 minimum wage by a super majority of voters.”
Jayapal continued: “I’ve already said that I think the MP should be overruled – that’s not unprecedented. Hubert Humphrey did it in 1967 and 1969, Rockefeller did it in 1975. These are certainly unprecedented times when we could thank the MP for her opinion – it’s advice – and then we could take it. […].
“I’ve talked to the speaker about this, I’ve talked to the White House about it, that’s why the House left it in our bill even after the MP’s ruling, because we think it should be included. Democrats are going to have to have a choice here: are we going to veto Mitch McConnell over all the things we’ve promised voters across the country that are very popular.
She added: “There are so many things we have promised. Voters gave us the House, the Senate and the White House and we will either have to reconcile things or we will have to reform the filibuster. Frankly, we’ll probably have to do both because there are some things that can’t be included in atonement.”