WASHINGTON – This morning, the Senate voted 58-42 to reject Senator Bernie Sanders’ amendment to include the $15 minimum wage in the Senate’s COVID relief budget reconciliation package, with seven Democrats and one Independent voting along with every Republican to reject the measure.
In response, Morris Pearl, the Chair of the Patriotic Millionaires, former managing director of BlackRock, Inc., and author of the upcoming book Tax the Rich, issued the following statement:
The Senate failed the American people today. Every single Republican Senator who voted against $15 today failed their constituents. The Democrats who voted against $15 today not only failed their constituents, the decision they made – to put some ancient senate tradition ahead of the priorities that they ran on and that they stand for – was wrong economically, morally, and politically.
There is no excuse. Senator Kyrsten Sinema, Senator Jon Tester, Senator Joe Manchin, Senator Chris Coons, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Senator Tom Carper, Senator Maggie Hassan, and Senator Angus King failed both their people and their party. Neither those voting next year nor those reading the history of the next generation will appreciate those senators who could have changed the course of history – but chose not to.”