Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell put forth a motion to adjourn the Senate to until 10 a.m. Saturday morning. But the effort failed shortly before midnight, meaning the Senate will continue voting on amendments to the $1.9 trillion measure.
The amendments process was delayed for nearly 12 hours Friday because Senate Democrats negotiated changes to an extension of unemployment benefits.
Speaking on the Senate floor Friday night, McConnell said, "Well my goodness it's been quite a start, quite a start to this fast-track process."
"What this proves is there are benefits to bipartisanship when you're dealing with an issue of this magnitude," he continued.
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Group of Senate Democrats, Republicans vote to keep $15 minimum wage out of stimulus bill A group of Democratic senators joined all Senate Republicans in voting against Sen. Bernie Sanders' proposal to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour on Friday.
The Vermont independent tried to add the provision to President Joe Biden's COVID-19 stimulus bill as the Senate considered the $1.9 trillion measure. But the effort failed in a 58-42 vote with eight members of the Senate Democratic caucus voting against it.
The vote started at 11:03 a.m. EST and didn't officially end for nearly 12 hours as Democrats and Republicans negotiated changes to an extension of unemployment benefits.
The outcome of the vote could spell trouble for future Democratic attempts to raise the minimum wage, something Biden included in his initial stimulus proposal that passed the House last week.
The eight Democratic caucus members who voted against the measure are:
Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz. Sen. Angus King, D-Maine (King caucuses with Democrats) Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del. Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H. Sanders, in a statement, said this was not the last time he would try to bring up the wage hike for a vote.
"If any senator believes this is the last time they will cast a vote on whether or not to give a raise to 32 million Americans, they are sorely mistaken. We're going to keep bringing it up, and we're going to get it done because it is what the American people demand and need," he said.