Sens. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) are working on a minimum wage compromise they hope can build bipartisan support after Senate Democrats failed to pass a $15 minimum wage.
Romney told HuffPost he and Sinema are negotiating the bill among a group of 20 senators – 10 Democrats and 10 Republicans – working to improve the Senate, with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a member of the group, telling the outlet, “I think it’s $11.”
Romney was a key opponent of the $15 minimum wage bill Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) tried to pass in March, introducing a counter-proposal with Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) to raise it to $10 along with a mandate for employers to check the legal status of workers.
The group also consists of several Democrats who voted against the Sanders bill, including Sinema and Manchin, as well as Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Angus King (I-Me.).
The group’s support would likely be critical for any minimum wage proposal to pass, given that 10 Republican votes are needed to overcome a Senate filibuster – though progressives like Sanders may put up opposition.
Forbes has reached out to Romney’s office for comment.