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Romney, Sinema teaming up on proposal to raise minimum wage

Sens. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyThe Memo: The GOP's war is already over — Trump won Budowsky: Liz Cheney vs. conservatives in name only The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - House GOP drama intensifies; BIden sets new vax goal MORE (R-Utah) and Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaDC mayor admitted to Democratic governors group amid statehood fight Biden visits local Mexican restaurant to highlight relief program Democrats fret over Biden spending MORE (D-Ariz.) are teaming up on a bill to increase the minimum wage. 

Romney declined to provide details on the proposal, though he suggested that he and Sinema had largely reached an agreement. 

“We’re negotiating a minimum wage proposal which we would ultimately take to our group of 20 and see how they react to it and then go from there,” Romney said, referring to a bipartisan group 20 centrist-minded senators.

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Romney also wouldn’t disclose the phase-in timeline or what the minimum wage would be raised to. 

Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinOn The Money: Federal judge vacates CDC's eviction moratorium | Biden says he's open to compromise on corporate tax rate | Treasury unsure of how long it can stave off default without debt limit hike DC mayor admitted to Democratic governors group amid statehood fight Biden says he's open to compromise on corporate tax rate MORE (D-W.Va.) told The Huffington Post, which first reported on the Romney-Sinema proposal, that he believed the bipartisan measure would raise the minimum wage to $11 per hour. 

Manchin has also been circulating a proposal that would raise the minimum wage to $11 per hour and index it to inflation. 

The bipartisan talks come after a progressive push to include a minimum wage hike of $15 per hour in the latest coronavirus relief bill failed. The provision ran into a buzzsaw in the form of the Senate parliamentarian, who advised that it couldn’t be included, and several centrists voted against trying to add it back in.  

A group of Senate Democrats met with Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerHow to fast-track climate action? EPA cutting super pollutant HFCs On The Money: How demand is outstripping supply and hampering recovery | Montana pulls back jobless benefits | Yellen says higher rates may be necessary Senate Democrats announce B clean bus plan MORE (D-N.Y.) last month to discuss the path forward and are expected to meet again this week.