Democrats in Congress are advancing their long-term goal of raising the federal minimum wage to $ 15 per hour by introducing legislation on Tuesday that will do so in five years.
Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Incoming chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, told reporters, “If you work 40 hours a week in the richest country in the history of the world, you should not live in poverty.” “The minimum wage should be a living wage so that people can live with dignity. It is unacceptable that Congress has not increased the minimum wage 14 years prior to 2007.”
President Joe Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion Kovid-19 relief plan also has a provision to raise the federal minimum wage from the current level of $ 7.25 to a $ 15 minimum. The president signed an executive order last week asking the Labor Department to develop recommendations about providing $ 15 minimum wage to federal workers.
But the law, while supported by many Democrats, faces opposition from Republicans and would be difficult to get through an equally divided Senate, requiring support to distance a film from all 50 Democrats and 10 Republicans.
The House passed a bill to raise the federal minimum wage to $ 15 per hour in 2019, but lawmakers from rural and Republican-leaning districts voiced concern, claiming the increase would be too much of a burden for some small businesses , Especially in places where the cost of living is lower than in large urban areas. GOP leaders measured an employment killer and claimed it would be disastrous for working families.
The Congressional Budget Office found in 2019 that an increase in the federal minimum wage in 2025 would boost the earnings of 17 million workers who would otherwise reduce, possibly increasing wages for about 10 million others and about 1.3 above the poverty threshold Million people. . But, according to the analysis, another 1.3 million other workers will be unemployed.
When asked about advancing the minimum measure under budget cohesion – which would allow Democrats to pass the bill as a policy of taxing and spending with a simple majority – to avoid Republican filibuster – Sanders Said that he thought it would be possible to do it.
“Bottom line, I think common sense makes the point: if millions of workers receive wage increases, then reliance on public assistance will be lessened, which will have a significant impact on the deficit, meaning it has to be in part Must be considered. He said of the reconciliation.
At the press conference, lawmakers pointed to Frank Marion, a single mom of two teenagers who works at McDonald’s in Kansas City, Missouri, for example why the bill is needed.
Marion said she was given more than $ 2.50 an hour to get her to the proposed minimum wage “which will help us have a permanent roof over our heads, food on our table, health care and money to send them to college.” Above all, it would mean. ” I can look at my children with my eyes and tell them that I can make my life better.