(ReliableNews.org) – COVID-19 turned America’s economy upside down. Millions of people lost their jobs when states implemented strict lockdown measures to try to slow the spread of the virus. Over 100,000 small businesses have permanently closed their doors as a result, and many of those that have survived are struggling to stay afloat.
Congress and former President Donald Trump passed multiple measures to try to help families and companies during this tough time. It was helpful, but not enough, now lawmakers need to pass another aid package in the near future. Republicans want to pass a target bill that gives people what they need without a lot of pork, but the Left is trying to shove all of its desires into the legislation, including a $15 per hour minimum wage hike.
The GOP is standing together against the Left’s plan.
Now Is Not The Time
On February 24, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said the $15 an hour minimum wage is not the answer. It is going to “increase costs to businesses” while local governments are “mandating restrictions on their operations.” His colleague, Senator John Thune (R-SD) said that the wage increase would put many small companies out of business.
I started working by bussing tables at the Star Family Restaurant for $1/hour & slowly moved up to cook – the big leagues for a kid like me– to earn $6/hour. Businesses in small towns survive on narrow margins. Mandating a $15 minimum wage would put many of them out of business. pic.twitter.com/izQDOGRAH1
— Senator John Thune (@SenJohnThune) February 24, 2021
Other GOP lawmakers feel the same way.
Democrats are trying to paint the Republican Party as monsters who don’t care about what happens to struggling families, that’s not true. They just recognize that a minimum wage increase does no good if the jobs disappear.
The evidence is on Republicans’ side. Earlier this month, the Congressional Budget Office said the hike would cost 1.4 million jobs in the next four years.
Against the Rules
However, the argument over the minimum wage might be a moot point. Recently the Senate Parliamentarian said lawmakers could not include the increase in the aid bill because it’s against the chamber’s rules.
The Left’s next steps are not clear but they will likely appeal the decision. If they do, the GOP will continue to fight for small businesses and the American economy.
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