Apr 27, 2021 - Politics & Policy
Biden to sign $15 minimum wage executive order for federal contractors
President Biden will sign an executive order on Tuesday requiring federal contractors to pay workers a minimum wage of $15 an hour.
Why it matters: The order will make good on a promise Biden made his second day in office to raise the minimum wage for a range of federal workers.
- A White House fact sheet describes the workforce, which includes cleaning, maintenance and cafeteria workers, as "critical to the functioning of the federal government."
The big picture: Biden will hold a number of events this week to claim progress on the 100 day promises he made at the beginning of his presidency.
- He will mark his 100th day on Friday with a trip to Georgia, a red state that he flipped in 2020 that then delivered two Democratic senators — and the majority — in a special election on Jan. 5.
The big picture: Biden and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer failed in their effort to include a $15 federal minimum wage in Biden’s signature $1.9 trillion stimulus package, after the Senate parliamentarian ruled that it couldn’t be included under budget reconciliation rules.
- Biden said afterwards that he would push for Congress to pass a standalone bill to raise the minimum wage.
- But eight Senate Democrats voted against a measure to attach the $15 minimum wage provision to the stimulus package, suggesting a standalone bill may not have enough votes to pass Congress even without Republicans.