Dems introduce $15 minimum wage bill

Katie Clarey | January 18, 2019

Dems introduce $15 minimum wage bill
Federal lawmakers have introduced a bill that would raise the nation's minimum wage to $15 per hour, according to the House Committee on Education and Labor. Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced the measures in their respective houses, with 181 and 31 cosponsors, respectively. The Raise the Wage Act of 2019 would gradually raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 by 2024, according to a fact sheet. Additionally, it would "index future increases in the federal minimum wage to median wage growth" to prevent the value of minimum wage from eroding, the fact sheet said. The law also would do away with the tipped minimum wage and subminimum wage certificates for workers with disabilities.

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