Kelly also said he supported the need for a federal $15 hourly minimum wage, saying he was flexible on how to implement it but said it was impossible to support a family without doing so.
“I've spoken to folks that try to survive … on minimum wage, try to raise a family. It's nearly, it's impossible,” he said. “I mean, you can't work 40 hours a week on minimum wage and raise a family and have a decent standard of living.
“The proposal is $15, that makes sense. The details of how we do this, when we do this. That all matters.”
On that issue, Kelly disagrees with U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., who has said she doesn't see raising the federal minimum wage as part of President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion virus relief package winding its way through Congress.
Activists backing a hike in the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour have revealed that they plan to be “on the ground” in Arizona next week to protest against Senator Kyrsten Sinema's opposition to the measure in President Joe Biden's COVID relief package.
After a meeting with Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) on Thursday, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign, told reporters that activists would protest against the senator in West Virginia, and also demonstrate against Sen. Sinema (D-AZ) in her home state.
Speaking alongside low wage West Virginians who also met with Manchin, Barber said the pair were “betraying” the promises made by the Democratic Party ahead of the presidential election, and the subsequent Georgia runoff elections.
“We'll be on the ground in West Virginia next week, and in Arizona because we've got a Democratic senator out there that's betraying what the promises were,” he said. The activist later confirmed that people would be “at the offices” of the senators for socially distanced protests.
A coalition of more than 40 progressive groups that have supported U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema in the past is now pressuring her to change her mind about her stance on eliminating the filibuster.
Sinema has been clear: She opposes ending the filibuster, which requires any proposal to effectively win 60 votes to pass the 100-member chamber, and she isn’t interested in hearing arguments aimed at changing her mind.
Eliminating the filibuster would allow any legislation to pass with a simple majority vote. The Senate is split 50-50, but Democrats hold the tie-breaking vote in Vice President Kamala Harris. Democrats also control the House of Representatives, the first time since 2011 they have held majorities in both chambers of Congress.
“What voters care about is the issues that impact their lives, not these rules on Senate procedure,” Emily Kirkland, executive director for Progress Arizona, told the Arizona Mirror.
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