US Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar said it is “unacceptable” that the Senate parliamentarian has ruled against including a $15 minimum wage increase in the Covid-19 relief bill.
The House will vote on their bill tonight with the increase included, but the Senate is expected to have to strip the minimum wage provision out when it votes on the Covid-19 bill next. Then eventually the House will have to pass that bill again at the end of the process.
“It is unacceptable, I believe, for us to continue to come up with excuses on why we can't do the right thing for the American people,” Omar said to CNN’s John King in an interview today.
When asked if progressives could stop the package, Omar said “it's really important for us to use every single opportunity we have to engage in this fight to provide an actual path to increasing the minimum wage.”
“People have been waiting for a really long time. This is our one chance that we get, and I think it's really important … We might succeed. If not, we have to look at the options in the House when the bill returns to us,” she added.
Omar said that the minimum wage hike has been campaigned on for over a decade, and voters expect lawmakers to keep their promises on it.
“I think it is really important for us to draw a hard line on what it means to fight on behalf of the American people. This majority wasn't given to us to sit on the sidelines,” Omar said.
Watch the interview: