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Sanders to Force Vote on $15 Minimum Wage, Warren Unveils Wealth Tax

Senator Sanders is calling for an override of Senate parliamentarian ruling, vowing to force a vote on $15 minimum wage, while Senator Warren introduces wealth tax bill, plus, Biden approval over 60% and more politics.

Sanders and Warren vow to force a vote on $15 minimum wage

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) are calling on Vice President Kamala Harris to override the recent ruling of the Senate parliamentarian, Elizabeth MacDonough, who last week ruled last week that a provision setting the federal minimum wage at $15 an hour would not be eligible under special budget rules Democrats are using to avoid a filibuster while passing their coronavirus relief bill, The Hill and Newsweek reported. Sanders said that Democrats should “ignore the ruling.

“To the best of my knowledge, there will be a vote on the minimum wage, and we’ll see what happens,” Sanders said. “I intend to offer the bill that will raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and we’ll see how the votes go.”

Warren and Sanders introduce wealth tax bill

Member of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), unveiled legislation that is calling for a wealth tax on households with a net worth of $50 million or higher. The bill, dubbed “The Ultra-Millionaire Tax Act” was cosponsored by Senator Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and others. The legislation will impose an annual tax of 2 percent on the net worth of households and trusts between $50 million and $1 billion and a tax of 3 percent on net worth above $1 billion, The Hill reported. For households with a net worth of over $1 billion, the tax rate would increase to 6 percent if a “Medicare for All” health care plan is enacted.

Biden’s approval rate hits 61 percent

According to the latest Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll survey, the job approval rate for President Joe Biden stands at 61 percent, The Hill reported exclusively in a first release of the data.

The numbers are significantly higher than the approval rating of former President Donald Trump at the same interval in his presidency, where in February 2017, his approval rate was only 48 percent.

In this latest poll, 39 percent of respondents said they disapproved of the job Biden is currently doing in the White House.

Biden to reunite separated migrant families within the US

The Biden administration has announced that it has authorized its immigration task force, that has been assigned the job of reuniting migrant families separated by the Trump administration, the option of being reunified within the US or in their countries of origin, according to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorka, NBC reported.

“We are hoping to reunite the families either here or in their country of origin,” Mayorka said. “We hope to be in a position to give them the election, and if, in fact, they seek to reunite here in the United States, we will explore lawful pathways for them to remain in the United States and to address the family needs.”

Mayorka called the separation of families by the Trump administration “the most powerful and heartbreaking example of the cruelty that preceded this [Biden] administration.”

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Ellis Logan