White House will not overrule $15 minimum wage decision despite progressives' plea – live

11.18pm GMT

Democrats are gearing up for a new battle over voting rights, but this time, with the backing of the White House. In a statement issued Monday, the Biden Administration threw its weight behind the For the People Act, which would make Election Day a federal holiday, give more power to the Justice Department to reinforce voting rights, and increase vote by mail opportunities.

“In the wake of an unprecedented assault on our democracy, a never before seen effort to ignore, undermine, and undo the will of the people, and a newly aggressive attack on voting rights taking place right now all across the country, this landmark legislation is urgently needed to protect the right to vote and the integrity of our elections, and to repair and strengthen American democracy,” President Joe Biden’s Office of Management and Budget said in a statement.

Despicable, discriminatory, anti-democratic proposals are on the move in Republican state legislatures

Make no mistake: They must be opposed by every American who cherishes our democracy

This Senate is working to pass the #ForThePeople Act to renew democracy and our elections

10.50pm GMT

President Biden is meeting virtually with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador today, with migration and the coronavirus pandemic at the top of the agenda.

President Biden tells Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador: “We look at Mexico as an equal, not as somebody who is south of our border. You are equal. And what you do in Mexico and how you succeed impacts dramatically on what the rest of the hemisphere will look like.” pic.twitter.com/jr1QSio3pY

A senior Biden administration official declined to say whether the U.S. president would back or oppose the proposal, saying only that both countries agree on the need to expand legal pathways for migration. The official insisted on anonymity to discuss private conversations. Asked about the Mexican president’s proposal. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that reinstituting the Bracero program would require action by Congress.

Asked if US will send coronavirus vaccines to Mexico that AMLO wants, Biden tells the press pool during their virtual meeting that he and @lopezobrador_ will talk about it.

Biden’s press sec earlier today said no.

Photos by @nancook. pic.twitter.com/VtfHr64qHM

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