It might not be a lost cause.
“Some Democrats are discussing the possibility of capping the increase at less than $15 an hour, to possibly $11 or $12, Yarmuth said. Such a move could satisfy wonky Byrd Rule restrictions that constrain the projected cost of the pandemic relief proposal outside of a 10-year budget window, he said. …
Manchin has previously said that an $11 minimum wage hike, adjusted for inflation, would make more sense for his home state of West Virginia. Sinema’s support for any wage hike would likely be harder to win, since she told POLITICO earlier this month that the increase is “not appropriate” as an add-on to the Covid-19 aid bill.”
If necessary, go with Plan B.
We can’t get this done because the PMC wing of the Democratic Party is too culturally toxic to working class voters in Middle America for the “Coalition of the Ascendant” to assemble a viable congressional majority. The Republican wing of the Democratic Party also opposes it.
Note: If a $15 federal minimum wage isn’t the right number for every state in the country (this is a valid argument), why isn’t Joe pressuring Manchin and Sinema to agree to some smaller amount like $11 or $12 in order to get something done right now?