One other shot at elevating the minimal wage within the U.S. has evaporated, even with Democrats in command of the Senate.
As Democrats tried to tack a last-minute modification to boost the federal minimal wage onto the $1.9 trillion coronavirus pandemic aid invoice, one of the party’s newer members made a present of voting towards the measure.
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona not solely voted towards Senator Bernie Sanders’ proposal to convey the nationwide minimal wage to $15, she walked into the Senate earlier Friday morning with a cake in hand, after which later gave everybody a transparent concept of what she thinks of the measure that two-thirds of Americans are clamoring for.
A spokesperson for Senator Sinema later instructed VICE Information that the cake was meant for the Senate ground employees who had been up the earlier night time studying the COVID-19 aid invoice. The studying took 10 hours and 43 minutes to learn.
Sinema was considered one of seven Democrats who opposed the measure. Others included Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Jon Tester of Montana, Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, and Tom Carper and Chris Coons of Delaware. Unbiased Angus King from Maine, who caucuses with the Democrats, additionally voted nay, together with all 50 Republican senators.
Sinema later defined in a public statement that whereas she understands individuals are having a troublesome time making ends meet throughout the pandemic and has supported native minimal wage will increase up to now, she simply couldn’t do the identical on the nationwide stage.
“Senators in each events have proven help for elevating the federal minimal wage and the Senate ought to maintain an open debate and modification course of on elevating the minimal wage separate from the COVID-focus reconciliation invoice,” she stated in her assertion.
Her constituents and fellow Democrats weren’t impressed.
“It’s unconscionable that eight Senate Democrats would inform tens of millions of important staff incomes poverty wages that they’re ‘heroes’ however don’t deserve a $15 minimal wage,” one Democratic strategist tweeted.
“Did Sinema actually have [to] vote towards a $15 minimal wage for 24 million individuals like this?” the senior advisor to former HUD secretary and former presidential candidate Julian Castro said.
“So ashamed that my senator helps the exploitation of tens of millions of staff, then so as to add insult to damage places out this bad-faith assertion,” one of Sinema’s constituents responded.
Many advised that Sinema’s actions echoed those of Marie Antoinette, the French queen who supposedly dismissed the very actual cries for assist from the ravenous and struggling working class by saying “Allow them to eat cake.” That, in fact, didn’t end well for her.
Sanders, who proposed the vote, hasn’t misplaced hope but.
“If any senator believes that is the final time they may solid a vote on whether or not to offer a elevate to 32 million People, they’re sorely mistaken,” he tweeted an hour after his proposal failed.
“We’re going to maintain bringing it up, and we’re going to get it performed, as a result of it’s what the American individuals demand and wish.”