Psaki says “Biden is disappointed” that $15/hr minimum wage won’t be included in relief bill

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a Thursday statement that Biden is disappointed that a $15/hr minimum wage will not be included in the coronavirus relief package.

“President Biden is disappointed in this outcome,” Psaki said “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.”

“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,” she 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 added.

Progressive Democrat Pramila Jayapal tweeted “Let’s be clear: raising the minimum wage is COVID relief.”

“The White House and Senate leadership can and should still include the minimum wage increase in the bill. We can’t allow the advisory opinion of the unelected parliamentarian to stand in the way.”

“The ruling only makes it more clear that the Senate must reform its archaic rules, including reforming the filibuster to allow populist and necessary policies like the $15 minimum wage to pass with a majority of the Senate,” she added in a follow-up tweet.