‘Here’s the Truth’: Crenshaw Lays out Why House Bill to Raise Min Wage to $15 Is ‘Bad’ for Americans

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) is flattening congressional Democrats after the Democrat-led House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday to raise the federal minimum wage to $15.

By October 2025, the minimum wage per hour would be raised to $15 an hour if the bill passes in the Senate, which it’s not likely to do, as IJR News reported.

While House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called it a “historic day,” with roughly 33 million people who would be affected by this, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) isn’t in step with her on it.

“We don’t need to lose jobs. We don’t have enough jobs now,” McConnell said during Thursday’ Fox Business interview. “This would depress the economy at a time of economic boom. We’re not going to be doing that in the Senate.”

In a video titled “Here’s the Truth,” Crenshaw shared the “truth about this policy.” He did so through a scenario by explaining what happens if there’s a mandatory wage increase.

With the minimum wage increase, businesses are forced to make decisions because their budget for salaries “does not change.” As Crenshaw describes, some may get a moderate wage increase and others could have “a 100 percent decrease in wages” if they lose their job due to the pay increase for everyone else.

As for the “two big problems” with the wage increase, the Republican lawmaker lists out “bad economics” and “one-size-fits-all policy.”

“The other thing you have to remember is that this isn’t the best way to combat poverty,” Crenshaw said, later adding, “we’re actually focusing on the wrong things.” He points out that 40% of those making minimum wage are from families with three times the poverty rate. He adds that 50% of those making minimum wage are 25-years-old or younger.

“Those are the problems with minimum wage. They cost jobs, it doesn’t make sense in a one-size-fits-all policy, and it’s bad for the people we’re trying to help the most.”

Watch the video below:

Additionally, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) slammed Democrats for choosing “their radical base over simple economics,” in response to the House passing the bill.

Scalise cites the Congressional Budget Office, which revealed that up to 3.7 million jobs would be lost and it would take a toll on families, with “a $9 billion decrease in family income.”

“Every Democrat that voted for this bill must answer for endangering our economy and the livelihoods of millions of American workers,” Scalise said.

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Ed
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Screwtape – that stinks, because I typed out a pretty long reply out. We need to find somewhere else to hang out…

Screwtape
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To Ed,

Now “replies” is completely not working. I cannot see your reply even though it’s the only one.

James
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/sarc/

I cannot wait until Burger King raises their burger flippers “salaries” to $15 or $20/hr and their $3.00 burgers go to $35.00 without fries or the condiments. Makes this old codger on Social Security retirement benefits mighty PROUD to be an American and able to afford one meal a month. #DimwitMorons

Phyllis Softa
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$15 national minimum wage is as likely to pass the Senate & be signed by Trump as Medicare for ALL. It is often necessary to SHOW individuals that what they believe is possible is fantasy. This bill is not for those who reside in reality.

Warren Soriano
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The majority of the working population in the US are in small to medium sized businesses. The idea of raising the minimum wage to $15/hr defies the laws of business economics. Using a sandwich business w/ 10 employees as an example, the employer must raise the wages of all those employees earning below $15/hr to $15/hr. The $7/hr (four employees) gets an additional $8/hr, the $9/hr gets +$6/hr (four employees), the $11/hr gets +$4 (two employees). That is $32+$24+$8=$64 increase in base wages the owner must now pay out. This is assuming, of course, that the formerly higher paid employees… Read more »

Screwtape
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I’ve often wondered where AOC came up with her “12 years” figure. I haven’t been able to find a source and would appreciate someone providing the original source. (unless she just made it up, but I doubt she’s got that much imagination).

I’d like also like to know what “brain tank” came up with $15 an hour. These are hard #s and should have sources, unless they, too, are made up.

Screwtape
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Paul, Those that decided $15/hr is a “survivable” wage in places like DC, NYC, Scat Francisco, LA, etc. are idiots who could not figure out how to adjust for cost-of-living. It’s arbitrary and completely stupid. $15/hr is a fortune in lower cost-of-living places, but everyone of those cities (and their surrounding areas) are NOT. Why not $50, $100 per hour in those expensive places to live? Consider the rents and taxes. If these know-nothings REALLY meant to do some good (it’s only political theater), they’d adjust for the average costs of living in those areas But they won’t because simple-minded… Read more »

Screwtape
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Ed, I have run and sold businesses. I paid my people enough to get qualified people AND to keep them from leaving AND in proportion to their contributions. A receptionist NEVER merited the pay of an experienced engineer, no matter how hard she worked. I adjusted for inflation by way of MERIT raises. Automatic increases simply for being on the job are stupid and counter-productive. What’s your experience? You talk like you know something about running a small business and payroll. I’m seeing more automated kiosks and food preparation because at a definite economic point these make more economic sense… Read more »

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