Senate passes amendment barring minimum wage increase during pandemic

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WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 29: Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) walks through the Capitol Building during the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol on January 29, 2020. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 4:10 PM PT – Friday, February 5, 2021

In a small victory for Senate Republicans, one of their proposed amendments was added to the budget resolution. Early Friday morning, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) made the proposal to prevent a minimum wage increase during a pandemic, which was a cause many Democrats fought for in recent weeks.

The resolution was one of 800 amendments proposed by Republicans during what’s known as vote-a-rama, or a period of time following a vote where a slew of proposals makes it to the floor. Despite Democrats’ demands for the $15 spike, the amendment passed 99 to 1.

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