How a $15 minimum wage could help restaurants and other hard-hit small businesses

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A funny thing happened on the Senate floor in the wee hours of February 5. As senators worked through a series of amendments in the “vote-a-rama” to advance President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion rescue package, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) moved to strike any provision raising the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour this year. And none other than progressive lion Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) rose to agree.

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