Moderate West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (D) predicted that the Senate would be able to reach a compromise to raise the minimum wage nationally during an interview Sunday.
Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Manchin told host Jake Tapper that he believed every single member of the upper chamber supported a minimum wage increase and that the disagreement was over how much it should be.
“There’s not one senator out of 100 that does not want to raise the minimum wage,” Manchin said. “Not one.”
He went on to explain that he supports raising the minimum wage to a level that would allow a full-time worker to live above the federal poverty line, which he said was how he landed on his suggestion for the new minimum wage level of $11 per hour.
“Once it gets above $11, it should be indexed so it never becomes a political football again,” he added while addressing criticism from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) aimed at his opposition to a $15 per hour minimum wage.
“We come from two areas of the country with different social needs, and we need to respect that,” he said….
I guess being in the national media spotlight CAN get him to move a bit….