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For now, Democrats are not going to pass a minimum wage increase over Republican objections.
The path towards a minimum wage hike as part of the COVID relief package was always narrow. Democrats hold 50 seats in the Senate — a bare-minimum majority when you count the vice president’s tie-breaking vote — but Senate rules around the filibuster means most legislation needs 60 votes to pass.
The big exception to the filibuster block is legislation moved through the budget reconciliation process, which Democrats are using to pass the coronavirus relief bill currently being debated. But budget details ⇒
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