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Democrats remain divided on how to progress with $15 minimum wage – live updates

Senior lawmakers appear to have abandoned plan to use tax penalty to force measure throughWhite House defends move not to sanction Saudi crown princeNew York attorney general seeks to investigate Cuomo sexual harassment claimsTrump grasps for relevance in first post-presidential speech at CPACSign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email 12.11pm GMT Jeff Stein reports overnight for the Washington Post on the news that senior Democrat lawmakers appear to have abandoned a potential “plan B” for getting a $15 per hour minimum federal wage through the Senate in its existing form. Last week the Senate parliamentarian, Elizabeth MacDonough, ruled that its inclusion in the Democrats’ $1.9 trillion Covid recovery plan breached Senate procedure. Stein writes:Last week Senate finance chair Ron Wyden and Senate budget chair Bernie Sanders said they would instead seek to add tax penalties on large corporations that fail to pay $15 an hour — an idea viewed as less likely to be struck down by the parliamentarian and still helpful to some minimum-wage workers.But now senior Democrats — including Wyden and Sanders — are walking away from that backup effort. Economists and tax experts have said that the tax outlined by Sanders and Wyden could be easily avoided and difficult to implement, with large corporations able to reclassify workers as contractors to avoid potential penalties. “I would be extremely nervous about trying out a brand new idea like this with virtually no vetting,” Jason Furman, a former Obama administration economist, said on Friday. 12.05pm GMT Welcome to our live coverage of US politics on Monday, the day after Donald Trump made a return to public life with his talk at CPAC. Here’s a catch up on where we are, and what we might expect from today… Continue reading...


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