The bill contains a 2.1% raise for the federal minimum wage and $2.7 billion in additional disaster aid for families from hurricanes Harvey and Irma
Vice President Joe Biden was in California on Monday night signing a bill that averts a partial government shutdown on 15 October, including a 2.1% pay raise for federal employees.
“I can’t even think of how we’re going to be the world’s greatest. I’m not going to figure it out,” Biden told the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual awards dinner at the Capitol last night, referring to the incoming administration of Donald Trump. Biden is the co-chair of the foundation.
The bill contains a 2.1% raise for the federal minimum wage, representing the first time federal employees have had a raise since 2009. It includes $2.7 billion in additional disaster aid for families from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
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In February 2013, Biden is quoted saying “everyone in Congress should be brought before a jury, convicting them for our collective collective failure to act like adults and actually take care of the basics like food stamps, health insurance and unemployment” when he signed the budget.
With former president Barack Obama set to depart office in January, Biden has never given much thought to the idea of being president.
The Veep, who supported Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primary, said this week that in the event of a Trump presidential impeachment, the Republicans may not actually have a majority in the Senate.