Senator Joe Manchin is known as a principled moderate Democrat and a reasonable and amicable participant in political discussions in Congress.
But Manchin is refusing to go long with the Democrats on minimum wage.
He explains why he’s not going with his party on this issue:
I don’t think that’s [a minimum wage increase to $15] going to make it in. Because it doesn’t fit within…the Byrd Rule. The only thing we can do during this reconciliation is anything that comes within the financial realms of what we’re dealing with. It’s called a budget reconciliation. It has to be within the budget lines. That does not come within that at all. And it really needs to be debated. It doesn’t work in — different states are different. Some states already have $15. I think anybody that goes to work in the morning and works 40 hours a week and works 50 weeks a year, that’s 2,000 hours, should be above, a family of three, above the poverty guidelines. And that’s not $15.
Manchin noted that it was essential for Democrats to work with Republicans to get the COVID relief bill done right. “We’re going to make this work in a bipartisan way. My friends on the other side are going to have input,” said Manchin. “And we’re going to do something that we agree on. I’m not going to do it just down the lines of just saying party-line vote. It has to make sense.”
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