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Joe Manchin Doesn’t Support $15 Min Wage Says $11 Would be Better for His State

Joe Manchin Doesn’t Support $15 Min Wage Says $11 Would be Better for His State

Prior to the early January special election in Georgia, Mitch McConnell was the most powerful person in the US senate. Now that the power has flipped, though, moderate lawmakers like Susan Collins, Mitt Romney and Joe Manchin have become key players.

WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 16: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) questions Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, during his testimony before an oversight hearing to examine the Federal Communications Commission spectrum auctions program for fiscal year 2021 on June 16, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo by Toni Sandys-Pool/Getty Images

Manchin, who is a Democrat in a deeply red state, doesn’t always go along with his liberal counterparts. And that has been the case so far on the new COVID-19 stimulus package.

The West Virginia senator did say on Tuesday that he is willing to pass budget reconciliation. This would allow his party to pass stimulus legislation without Republican votes. At the same time, Manchin said he is against a $15 minimum wage, stating that $11 would be fine for his state.

Manchin said in a statement, “Let me be clear – and these are words I shared with President Biden – our focus must be targeted on the COVID-19 crisis and Americans who have been most impacted by this pandemic. The President remains hopeful that we can have bipartisan support moving forward. I will only support proposals that will get us through and end the pain of this pandemic.”

Joe Biden has included a federal minimum wage increase in his package. Erik Wasson of Bloomberg tweets, “MANCHIN updated: He tells @jordainc that he does in fact oppose the $15 minimum wage proposal on table. Says $11 makes sense in his state.”

West Virginia’s 16% poverty rate makes it the 6th most impoverished state in the country.

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