The parliamentarian has spoken and she says a $15 per hour minimum wage can’t be enacted through reconciliation. The rest of the $1.9 trillion COVID relief package can be passed in the Senate with a simple majority, which means that help to the American people and state and local governments will soon be on its way.

And a raise in the minimum wage will occur too – but first, Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema may have to be browbeaten into a vote to end the filibuster.

MOMocrats Karoli, Aliza Worthington, and Donna Schwartz Mills discuss the drama in the Senate, as well the week’s other political news in this week’s Pursuit of Happiness Hour – part of the Demcast family of podcasts.