Sinema won’t support adding $15 minimum wage hike to relief plan, dashing Dem hopes

Democrat Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema says she will not support adding a $15 minimum wage hike, dashing hopes from many Democrats.

With a 50/50 balanced Senate, Democrats can not afford any defectors, allowing Sinema to effectively kill the push for inclusion of the hike.

Sinema told Politico “what’s important is whether or not it’s directly related to short-term COVID relief, and if it’s not, then I am not going to support it in this legislation.”

She added “the minimum wage provision is not appropriate for the reconciliation process. It is not a budget item. And it shouldn’t be in there.” That goes for other Democratic wish-list items ruled out of bounds for budget reconciliation by the Senate parliamentarian. “There is no instance in which I would overrule a parliamentarian’s decision.”

Adding more headaches for progressive Democrats, Sinema has also said she will not support voting to eliminate the filibuster.

She told Politico “I want to restore the 60-vote threshold for all elements of the Senate’s work.”