The White House said Thursday that President Biden is “disappointed” that the Senate parliamentarian ruled a minimum wage increase could not be included in a coronavirus relief bill, but said the president would respect the decision.
“President Biden is disappointed in this outcome, as he proposed having the $15 minimum wage as part of the American Rescue Plan. He respects the parliamentarian’s decision and the Senate’s process,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement released Thursday night.
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“He will work with leaders in Congress to determine the best path forward because no one in this country should work full time and live in poverty,” Psaki continued.
“He urges Congress to move quickly to pass the American Rescue Plan, which includes $1400 rescue checks for most Americans, funding to get this virus under control, aid to get our schools reopened and desperately needed help for the people who have been hardest hit by this crisis,” she said.
The statement makes clear that the White House will not look to overrule the decision by Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough earlier Thursday evening to nix a provision to increase minimum wage to $15 per hour included in the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill.
White House chief of staff Ron Klain said on MSNBC on Wednesday that Vice President Harris, as president of the Senate, would not try to overturn the decision if the Senate parliamentarian decided the minimum wage could not be part of the bill. Read more at The Hill