Senate Parliamentarian Blocks Minimum Wage Hike

House moves forward with initial plan anyway. 

On Thursday evening, the Senate’s Parliamentarian, the individual in charge of maintaining the voluntary rules put in place by the Senate, blocked the effort in the House of Representatives to include an increase of the minimum wage as a part of COVID-19 relief. Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough determined that passing the increase through the budget reconciliation process was not in line with budget rules.

Members of the president’s party had hoped to pass the measure through the budget reconciliation process, which would have prevented them from having to overcome a 60-vote filibuster, and merely get a simple majority in the Senate. Though that decision was announced by the Senate, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House would still vote on the relief measure with the minimum wage increase as part of the bill. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • That God would guide the Senate on the most effective action to bring COVID-19 relief.
  • That the House would be led by the Lord on the appropriate measures to take with upcoming legislation.
  • That Parliamentarian MacDonough would be given wisdom from God on how best to observe the rules of the Senate. 

Sources: The Hill, AP


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