President Biden’s chief of staff Ron Klain said the White House “absolutely” rejects the idea that the President’s Covid-19 relief proposal is “dead in the water.”
“I just disagree flatly,” Klain said Thursday when asked during an interview with CBS about that characterization of the bill. “I think it’s gaining a lot of momentum on Capitol Hill.”
Klain also defended one controversial aspect of the proposal; increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.
“As the President said when he was running for president, it's great that people bang pots and pans for essential workers, but we shouldn't just praise them we should pay them,” Klain said. “There are people risking their lives right now to deliver groceries, to stock shelves, to deliver packages to people's houses. Those people working hard, putting their lives on the line, should be able to work for 40 hours a week and not be in poverty.”