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More Thoughts on the Dems Minimum Wage Puzzle

President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting with labor leaders about the American Rescue Plan in the Oval Office of the White House on February 17, 2021. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
February 27, 2021 10:15 a.m.

Here’s a brief update on this tussling over what to do about the minimum wage hike and the fact that the Senate parliamentarian has ruled that it shouldn’t be included in a reconciliation bill. Yesterday I wrote that it seemed like advocates were right when they claimed that Vice President Harris could reverse the decision in a way that required 60 senators to, in turn, overrule her. (It’s a bit convoluted; here’s the post from yesterday that walks through it.) Since I wrote that post I’ve found out some more information that suggests the 60 vote thing isn’t even real. Or rather that it would take 60 votes to overrule Harris and if that vote failed then they could vote again and on the second round would only need 51 votes, which would make the whole thing a mirage.

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