Democrats ready to pull plug on minimum wage hike in $1.9 trillion spending bill

Realizing they lack a path to 51 votes, Senate Democrats appear ready to abandon a plan to add a minimum wage hike to President Biden’s $1.9 trillion spending package.

Senate Democrats said it’s now much more likely they will take up a wage hike in separate legislation and not on the broad COVID-19 spending package that they hope to usher into law.

“We are going to find another path, which we need to do,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat. “Even though the parliamentarian has ruled and even though we may not have the votes right now, we will find another path.”

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