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Romney, Sinema teaming up on proposal to raise minimum wage

Sens. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Republican reactions to Cheney's removal Republicans have dumped Reagan for Trump Cheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP MORE (R-Utah) and Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaBiden 'encouraged' by meeting with congressional leaders on infrastructure Biden meets for first time with 'Big Four' congressional leaders Pavlich: The border crisis Biden said we could afford 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 ManchinIs the Constitution in the way of DC statehood? Biden 'encouraged' by meeting with congressional leaders on infrastructure Joe Manchin is wrong — D.C. statehood is constitutional 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 SchumerBiden 'encouraged' by meeting with congressional leaders on infrastructure Republicans welcome the chance to work with Democrats on a bipartisan infrastructure bill Cheney sideshow distracts from important battle over Democrats' partisan voting bill MORE (D-N.Y.) last month to discuss the path forward and are expected to meet again this week.