House passes bill to raise minimum wage to $15 per hour

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The House version or something substantially like it must now pass the Senate and be signed into law by President Donald Trump. The bill increases entry-level wages for millions of American workers from the current $7.25 an hour - a level that has remained unchanged since 2009.

Blue Dogs might also keep in mind that the bulk of this $16.3 billion decline, including the disappearing $8.7 billion, would come primarily from their constituents.

"There's some that just don't want to pay people fair wages", said Scott. To address stark income inequality, she said, "they have to raise wages".

"The Democrats' minimum wage hike is another one of their Washington-knows-best policies that is not only out of touch with the rest of America, but will result in a reversal of the recent economic gains Americans around the country have been experiencing". Lifting a young girl into her arms, Pelosi said, "This is what it's all about".

A $15 federal minimum wage will only hurt those it intends to help, ending thousands of starter job opportunities and often wiping out the businesses that provide them.

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But, many families have opposed such legislation arguing that subminimum wage employment gives people with more severe disabilities who may not be able to succeed in typical jobs a sense of objective and an opportunity to contribute.

A $15 per hour federal minimum wage would boost pay for 27 million people, according to an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office.

-Sen. Bernie SandersRecalling how his original bill proposing a $15 federal minimum wage, first introduced in 2015, was at the time dismissed as an "impossible dream", Sanders in a statement thanked "a strong grassroots movement led by millions of fast food workers and the SEIU" for securing passage of the Raise the Wage Act of 2019-introduced by Rep. Mark Pocan, the Democrat from Wisconsin who co-chairs the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Three Republicans voted for it and six Democrats opposed the bill.

During the floor debate, Rep. Ronald Wright, R-Texas, called it a "disastrous bill". It also found that 71 percent believe the minimum wage should be adjusted based on cost of living in different parts of the country.

The US Chamber of Commerce has said it's willing to meet in the middle on some higher minimum wage, but that $15 is out of the question. "We've now had the longest period without a minimum wage increase", he said. The CBO also said as many as 3.7 million workers could lose their jobs if the federal minimum rose. He said the effects of doubling the minimum wage would be felt in urban and rural areas alike, forcing employers to cut jobs and possibly go out of business.

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