New York Senator Chuck Schumer, the majority leader, said on Tuesday he was fighting to include a plan to raise the minimum wage to $ 15 an hour by 2025 in the Senate’s comprehensive bill that Democrats are preparing to carry Mr. Biden. plans. Mr Schumer said he is working with a Senate official who has been tasked with interpreting the rules of the Chamber to make sure the plan passes into the budget conciliation measure under strict standards. Democrats are determined to promote the stimulus package as part of a reconciliation bill that requires only a simple majority to pass and can therefore be implemented without the support of Republicans if necessary.
But it is not clear whether the wage increase meets the restrictive rules, and Mr Biden said he did not expect it to survive. Mr Schumer would not say whether the Democrats are taking the extraordinary step of trying, if necessary, to overthrow a Member of Parliament in the Senate, insisting on his inclusion.
His remarks were made when he appeared with the newly elected Democratic chairs of the committees tasked with examining the stimulus package, and just as the Senate should have begun a second indictment trial with former President Donald J. Trump.
“To the experts who said we can’t do both at the same time, we say you’re wrong,” Mr. Schumer said. – We know and we are. On Tuesday afternoon, reporters on the question of whether to listen to the trial, Mr Biden said he did not.
Before the trial began, Senate Homeland Security Committee Republicans appointed Neera Tanden to head the White House Office of Management and Budget for Mr. Biden’s candidate for previous Twitter posts criticizing Republicans.
Ohio Senator Rob Portman, the top Republican member of the committee, read these posts on his initial issue, including one in which Ms. Tanden called Senator Mitch McConnell (Kentucky), the leader of the minority, “Moscow Mitch.” and another said “vampires have more hearts than Ted Cruz,” the Texas Republican senator.
Ms. Tanden apologized for these and other entries. “I am very sorry and sorry for my language, some of my previous languages,” Ms. Tanden said. “I recognize that this role is a bipartisan role, and I recognize that I need to earn the trust of senators.”
Kate Kelly contributed to the report.