Hawley, Sanders both backing corporate tax to get $15 minimum wage

Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyState watchdog to launch review of Biden's Afghanistan withdrawal Juan Williams: Trump's toxicity fuels fear of violence Pentagon, State Department square off on Afghanistan accountability MORE (R-Mo.) on Friday announced a plan to tax big companies that don't pay their workers at least $15 per hour, an alternative minimum wage approach also put forth by by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders on Medicare expansion in spending package: 'Its not coming out' Briahna Joy Gray: Biden must keep progressive promises or risk losing midterms Overnight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — Study finds Pfizer vaccine almost 91 percent effective for 5 to 11 year olds MORE (I-Vt.) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenClimate advocates turn sights on Wall Street Democrats scramble to reach deal on taxes Pelosi open to scrapping key components in spending package MORE (D-Ore.).

"For decades, the wages of everyday, working Americans have remained stagnate [sic] while monopoly corporations have consolidated industry after industry, securing record profits for CEOs and investment bankers," Hawley said in a statement.

"Mega-corporations can afford to pay their workers $15 an hour, and it’s long past time they do so, but this should not come at the expense of small businesses already struggling to make it."

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Progressive Democrats pushing for a $15 minimum wage suffered a blow Thursday night when Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough ruled that the policy could not be included in the budget reconciliation process.

Democrats hoped to pass the wage as part of a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package using the reconciliation process that only requires a simple majority to pass in the Senate.

Sanders flayed the opinion and said he would work on an amendment to tax big, profitable companies paying below $15 an hour.

"That amendment must be included in this reconciliation bill," he said.

The details of the various plans do not align, particularly elements that would subsidize wages for small companies.

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But it is not the first time Hawley and Sanders find themselves supporting similar policy goals. Last year, the two teamed up on legislation to increase COVID-19 stimulus payments from $600 to $2,000.

Then-President TrumpDonald TrumpGrant Woods, longtime friend of McCain and former Arizona AG, dies at 67 Super PACs release ad campaign hitting Vance over past comments on Trump Glasgow summit raises stakes for Biden deal MORE endorsed the approach, leading to a wave of GOP support for the measure, but only after the legislation already passed both chambers and could not be amended. Trump signed the original legislation into law.

President BidenJoe BidenGrant Woods, longtime friend of McCain and former Arizona AG, dies at 67 Sanders on Medicare expansion in spending package: 'Its not coming out' Glasgow summit raises stakes for Biden deal MORE's current COVID-19 proposal would provide a $1,400 stimulus, making up the difference between the $600 approved in September and the $2,000 figure.