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Progressives grapple with path forward as hopes of passing minimum wage fade

March 5, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 03: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks at a campaign rally at the University of Minnesota???s Williams Arena on November, 3, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Over 10,000 people attended the rally, where Sanders was joined by Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar. (Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images)

The Senate dealt progressives a blow they have been trying to prevent but knew was coming by voting down an amendment to include a $15 minimum wage in President Joe Biden's Covid relief package.

(CNN)The Senate dealt progressives a blow they have been trying to prevent but knew was coming by voting down an amendment to include a $15 minimum wage in President Joe Biden's Covid relief package.

While its chances of passage were slim given the narrowly divided Senate, eight Democrats voted against the amendment, disappointing progressives who were hoping their long-sought goal and campaign promise of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour would be included in this $1. 9 trillion Covid relief package.

Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, one of the eight senators to vote against Sanders' amendment, said in a statement that she is open to having a separate debate in Congress over the minimum wage, just not through this reconciliation process being used to pass Covid relief.

In calling out the Democratic senators who voted against the amendment, the progressive group, Justice Democrats, said in a statement, "President Biden and Vice President Harris must now present their plan for delivering on their campaign promise of a $15 minimum wage before the midterm election cycle gets underway. "

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