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Dems Near Relief Bill OK by House, Ponder Wage Plan Rescue

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A $1.9 trillion package aimed at helping the country rebuild from the pandemic seems headed toward House passage.

Now, Democrats are also searching for a way to revive their drive to boost the minimum wage. The relief bill embodies President Joe Biden's drive to flush cash to individuals, businesses, states and cities suffering from the pandemic.

But Democratic progressives are adamant that the party keep trying to pass legislation that would boost the federal minimum wage to $15 hourly.The Senate parliamentarian says that provision must come out of the relief bill, so Democrats are discussing other steps.

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