Biden: Boost for $15 federal minimum wage doesn’t look good for right now

Workers rally for a $15 minimum wage. Wikimedia Commons photo.

President Joe Biden’s push for a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package had included a $15-per-hour federal minimum wage — but that likely won’t happen.

NPR and WFSU public media reported Friday that the president said: “I don’t think it’s going to survive.”

Biden’s comment was in an “excerpt of a CBS Evening News interview with Norah O’Donnell released ahead of the Super Bowl. The full interview is scheduled to air on Sunday,” according to NPR.

NPR explained: “Democrats in Congress are moving to advance the aid package using a procedure known as budget reconciliation. Biden said in the interview that ‘the rules of the United States Senate’ probably mean that the minimum wage hike will have to be dropped. ‘My guess is it will not be in it,’ the president said.”

That said, Biden will try to increase the federal minimum wage, which is $7.25 per hour and has not increased in more than a decade.

While the federal minimum wage issue might not be rolled into the gargantuan stimulus package, lawmakers in Congress have filed a separate piece of legislation to increase the federal minimum wage.

Democratic lawmakers in Congress recently filed legislation called the “Raise the Wage Act of 2021,” to gradually increase the current $7.25 federal wage to $15 by 2025, according to a news release from the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor.

Meanwhile, the Florida Phoenix writes that a state constitutional amendment on Florida’s minimum wage, approved by voters last year, faces push-back by a Senate Republican who wants to prevent felons, young people, and other “hard to hire” people from receiving the $15 minimum wage set to take effect through 2026.

As it stands now, Florida’s minimum wage will increase to $10 per hour on Sept. 30. Each Sept. 30 thereafter, it will rise by $1.00 per hour until it reaches $15 per hour on that date in 2026.