Minimum Wage

$15 minimum wage loses eight Democratic votes in Senate

Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough last week ruled against a proposal to include the wage hike in Democrats’ $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, but Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., introduced an amendment that needed votes from all 50 Senate Democrats and at least 10 Republicans to pass.

Democrats scrap plan to penalize corporations over $15 minimum wage

The plan, introduced last week by Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden and Senate Budget Chairman Bernie Sanders, included tax penalties on large corporations that fail to pay $15 an hour and incentives for the "smallest of small businesses" to encourage them to raise their wages.