‘Stick together’: Schumer pleads for party unity amid wage hike fight

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer Tuesday privately urged Democrats to remain united in an effort to pass a massive COVID-19 aid spending bill by a mid-March deadline, despite differences over whether the bill should include a minimum wage hike.

“He’s begging all of us, despite any differences with any one section of the bill, that we hang together,” Majority Whip Richard Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, said after the party’s weekly caucus luncheon. “This is the signature provision of the Biden administration in terms of dealing with the pandemic. And the economy, and we, need to stick together. That’s it.”

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