The California congressman has backed the push for a $15 minimum wage as part of the COVID-19 relief package.
"It's absolutely essential and I believe the Senate will do it," said Representative Pramila Jayapal.
Democratic lawmakers are pushing to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour through President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package.
The Poor People's Campaign's co-chair said the group planned to protest in Arizona next week.
President Joe Biden has already expressed doubt that the proposal will be included in his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, but Democrats have drafted another proposal to obtain the first hike in minimum wage in over a decade.
The West Virginia senator said he would protect the rule governing what is allowed in budget reconciliation bills come "hell or high water."
West Virginians advocating for raising the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour complained that they are "tired of putting the filthy rich in silk beds."
The Poor People's Campaign said in a statement that a meeting with the West Virginia senator who opposes the minimum wage hike could take place as early as this week.
The last time the U.S. raised its federal minimum wage was 2009 to its current level of $7.25, although many states have a higher rate.
The Democratic senator could block the minimum wage increase in a vote on the next COVID relief bill.
The governor's proposal starts with an increase to a $12 minimum wage by July and annual raises through 2027.
Democrats celebrated the proposal's passage through committee, while Republicans warned it would cost jobs.
Good intentions don't change the fact that, if successful, the Fight for $15's biggest casualty would be the marginalized workers its champions are supposed to care about.
Rep. Ro Khanna is among those who have hit back at the Congressional Budget Office report on the impact of a higher minimum wage.
It looks unlikely that the legislation to increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 will pass into law, after centrist Democrats expressed skepticism at the measure.
Some economists took issue with the "misleading" report, released on Monday by the Congressional Budget Office.
The Senate Budget Committee chairman said Democrats would not win 10 GOP votes for the measure.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters Thursday that Democratic leaders had hoped to have an answer by now of whether the minimum wage hike will be allowed.
If the increase is successful, it would mark the first increase in the federal minimum wage in 12 years.
A group of 10 Republicans want a bipartisan stimulus bill less than a third the size of what President Joe Biden has put forward.
A national $15 dollar minimum wage isn't just the right thing to do by our workers, it's also a pro-business policy.
The Raise the Wage Act claims that a $15 minimum wage would give nearly 32 million American workers a raise.
"I'm not sure it's the smartest thing to do," Rep. John Yarmuth of Kentucky told Politico.
However, Democrats face several procedural hurdles to successfully pass the measure into law without GOP assistance.
The proposed coronavirus relief package includes around $1 trillion in direct relief to American families.
Two additional states will raise the wage later this year.
While efforts to raise the national minimum wage to $15 have stalled out in Congress, Florida's plan won't take full effect until 2026.