Sen. Durbin on minimum wage hike: ‘We haven’t touched it in years. It’s time’

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., discusses Monday's confirmation hearing for attorney general nominee Merrick Garland, and the latest on the COVID relief bill’s progress.
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Transcript for Sen. Durbin on minimum wage hike: ‘We haven’t touched it in years. It’s time’
Gore joined now by democratic senator Dick Durbin ended chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee which conducted today's hearing thank you so much for joining us senator. I so merit Garland said today that he does not want the Justice Department to be at the center of partisan disagreement but she'll face a politically sensitive investigations including prosecuting those responsible for the attack on the capital they answers that you heard from judge Garland so far do you think he'd ever sign off on a Justice Department led investigation of former president sharks either for his incitement of the capital insurrection or other potential federal crimes from his time in office. He was careful and or professional. He wasn't going to make that kind of commitment or prediction law. Or when it came to the worst domestic terrorism and its. Partners. Her car or just sit down. Or. We also know the man series. Oh lifetime. Tenure in the east are DC. Second highest court ruling to accept your concentration. And in general really care is. Entered. Crews are responsible when responsibility is it would you say that it's the Justice Department nor should it be local prosecutors. Well it's going to be just to ensure it below. They would go through. The Department of Justice in Washington. There is any prosecution. I. Question should pursue. And Garland does look like he will move forward but some of president Biden's other cabinet nominees maybe getting some potential roadblocks his nominee to head the Office of Management and Budget year attended which now needs Republican support after senator Joseph Manchin has said that he couldn't vote for her because of such divisive past statements she's made on social media action do you think that her nomination or any others could be in jeopardy. Could be you know 5050 senate just think what senator. To put the outcome in doubt but let me tell you the last years. We've been swallowing tree and comments or SE. Judges and others are concerned should. Over or it. People like Ted. Spanish so this is like. Controversial tweet something he has ever she's Sheila. And house also moved closer to vote on president Biden's Kobe relief package which includes raising the federal minimum wage over time change she eighteen dollars an hour arched an increase in her forehead in the senate this fast track process without any Republican votes search shouldn't have aren't partisan support and have Democrats done in not to sell that measure to the American public is special each to those small business owners. It remains to be seen in the recent hit you can't. US Kinney senator. Reconciliation. Raising minimum wage gonna throw him there are so many things he can answer actually. On the table. She lit into the parliamentarians. Get a ruling from parliament you're in sight when asked you don't. Shall call her all these things are really rare camaraderie. End up. So we're working through life support and Sheila. Good news or she Juba. In the end only in America and we haven't touched in years its charter. And finally of course we've now surpassed and screw milestone of 500000 American lives lost in the hand in church just reflect on what that means as we reach such a staggering hole and be on the Kobe to relief bill and more vaccines what are we still need to do to improve upon as a nation to get a better group unless. This heartbreaking music do the memorials or but it. And I always think those southern wish are Zimbabwe stretch and we weren't allowed him you a bit. The devastation brings shame that's the real and where you'll get an. Elaborate. Our us here there's. Murders are treated when admiral. Now before we really gonna come together as a nation. Personal agendas political side we've got stuck and kids can get back in school this is your an American can. You'll senator Durbin we thank you so launching time appreciate you coming on the show. Oh.

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