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When I was a kid and my parents would take me on vacations in the summer, they would always tell me to figure out at least five or six things that I knew I wanted to do, and that we would try to do half of them.

Once I asked them why I was picking more than we actually had time to do and it was so that they could have a Plan B in case they wouldn’t be able to do one of them for whatever reason. Seems like a good idea to always have a plan B.

It’s why I have a set of two-way radios that have a broadcast range of about thirty miles. I know the chances of the cell tower going down is low, but I always like to have the option.

The “Plan B” that some Senate Democrats had proposed for the minimum wage hike is now off the table, a senior Democratic aide told CBS News. The proposal involved a payroll tax penalty for large companies that pay their workers less than a certain amount.

The aide said they’re going to be looking at “all legislative avenues” in the future to get the minimum wage hike approved, and insisted, “we aren’t going to just throw up our hands and walk away.”

“I expect that you’ll be hearing a lot more about it this week, but it’s not going to go away as an issue, certainly,” the aide said.

The fate of the Democrats’ proposed $15-an-hour minimum wage hike has been in question since the Senate parliamentarian ruled last week that it couldn’t be included in the massive $1.9 trillion economic relief package if that package is passed through the budget reconciliation process. Budget reconciliation allows a bill pass with a simple majority, rather than the 60 votes normally required to move legislation through the Senate.

President Biden had previously said in an interview with CBS News in early February that he didn’t think a provision raising the minimum wage would be included in a COVID relief bill “because of the rules of the United States Senate.” The House early Saturday passed the relief bill, including the minimum wage hike.

But a Democratic aide said on Sunday night that plan is dead. Extended unemployment insurance is set to run out on March 14 without the new economic relief package. The aide said they realized they would “have to go back through the parliamentarian,” something that wouldn’t be feasible given that “tight timeframe.”

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