Bernie Sanders can’t be very happy with his fellow Democrats in the Senate for siding with Republicans to kill his $15 minimum wage amendment today in the Senate after he forced a vote to try and get it into the craptastic spending bill that’s being sold as a COVID relief bill:
NY POST – Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on Friday forced a vote on increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 through President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 bill, but it failed, with strong opposition among Democrats.
The Senate voted 58-42 against the idea, which the Congressional Budget Office estimates would lift 900,000 people out of poverty but cause another 1.4 million people to lose their jobs due to higher business operating costs.
Here’s the names of all eight Dems who stuck it to Sanders:
BREAKING: $15 minimum wage bill has failed to pass the Senate by a vote of 58-42
8 Dems voted no:
Joe Machin (WV)
Jon Tester (MT)
Jeanne Shaheen (NH)
Maggie Hassan (NH)
Angus King (ME)
Kyrsten Sinema (AZ)
Tom Carper (DE)
Chris Coons (DE)
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) March 5, 2021
The Post continues, saying the number of defections was a surprise:
The number of Democratic defections was a surprise and many of those voting “no” did not immediately explain their stance.
Sinema said in a statement, “Senators in both parties have shown support for raising the federal minimum wage and the Senate should hold an open debate and amendment process on raising the minimum wage, separate from the COVID-focused reconciliation bill.”
Manchin told reporters that he liked “good amendments” to the bill.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was the only speaker on the Senate floor opposing the increase, saying it was “extraneous” to pandemic relief.
It’s actually pretty incredible that all eight Democrats voted against the amendment, considering many are not from red states and they didn’t have to with Manchin and Sinema opposing it, which would have been enough to kill the amendment. Although it sounds like some of them would have been for it if it weren’t part of the COVID bill.
I also noticed AOC hasn’t said anything about the defections yet, but I’m sure she’ll call them traitors or something when she gets a chance.
ARTICLE SOURCE: newsthud.com