Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) called on the Senate to "abolish the filibuster" and "replace the parliamentarian" who blocked Democrats from attaching a $15 minimum wage mandate to the most recent COVID-19 spending bill.
The original bill included a measure to gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2025, but the nonpartisan parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough ruled that the provision could not be attached if the Senate was using the reconciliation process for passage.
"What's a Democratic majority if we can't pass our priority bills? This is unacceptable," Omar said. "We have to end this filibuster. We have to end gerrymandering. We have to make sure that we were removing substantial barriers for voting for low-income communities and people of color. We have to end the unchecked corporate power in politics. There's a lot of work that we can do."
In making her ruling on Thursday, MacDonough rejected Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-VT) arguments. Schumer and Sanders argued that a minimum wage increase conformed to special rules that would require 51 votes, rather than the usual 60-vote "supermajority" needed to overcome a filibuster.
🔦 Two weeks ago, Omar said "[w]e need to dramatically reform our democratic institutions."