President Joe Biden on Friday said that his plan to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour is not likely to happen as part of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 aid package.
“I don’t think it’s going to survive,” President Biden said in an interview with CBS Evening News.
President Biden’s coronavirus relief plan included a provision that raised the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025. Sen. Bernie Sanders the chair of the Senate Budget Committee, has been leading the charge to move it forward in the Senate through the reconciliation process.
Joe Biden said that he is prepared to negotiate on who gets the $1,400 checks he promised will be in the aid package. He said that the “phase out” for the direct payments may be in the range of $75,000 for an individual or $150,000 for a couple. “But again, I’m wide open on what that is,” Biden said in the interview.
Biden didn’t comment on the upcoming impeachment trial of former President Trump, but did say that he doesn’t think Trump should still be receiving intelligence briefings “because of his erratic behavior unrelated to the insurrection.”
“I just think that there is no need for him to have the — the intelligence briefings. What value is giving him an intelligence briefing? What impact does he have at all, other than the fact he might slip and say something?” Biden stated.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said during a Thursday press conference that a $15 per hour minimum wage remained a high priority for Democrats.
Biden signed an executive order when he first got into office that begins laying the groundwork to institute a $15 minimum wage for federal workers and contractors.
Sources: Newsmax, Fox Business, and New York Post; Photo: cbsnews.com