Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Has long led a crusade to raise the minimum wage to $ 15 an hour. After being blocked by the Senate MP on whether the increase in the minimum wage could be included in the pandemic relief package that made its way through the chamber, Sanders tabled it on Friday in as an individual item so that all senators are on the record. The results were quite surprising.
The senses. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) and Krysten Sinema (D-Ariz.) Were already assumed not to support the $ 15 mark. But the opposition within the conservative wing of the Democratic Party ran much deeper than that. Six other Democrats voted against the measure besides themselves, for a total of eight: Jon Tester from Montana, Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan from New Hampshire, Angus King of Maine (a Caucasian independent with the Democrats), and finally Chris Coons and Tom Carper from Delaware.
All of those senators are from either purple or red states – with the exception of Carper and Coons, where Biden won by 19 percentage points. (These two are doubly suspicious as both are close to Biden personally and Coons is well known for being his voice in the Senate.)
But having to run for re-election in a difficult state is no excuse. A minimum wage of $ 15 is hugely popular – a vote between 59% and 67% approval, according to the poll – and almost certainly more popular than any of those senators in their home countries. An increase in the minimum wage has not failed to pass to the state level since 1996. Voting against such a policy is therefore a considerable political risk, even if it also undoubtedly increases the chances that these senators will have a comfortable postal service. in the corporate sector, should they desire it.
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