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:
$15 minimum wage is all the rage now. It’s a feel good policy, but does it actually do good?
— Rep. Dan Crenshaw (@RepDanCrenshaw) July 18, 2019
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.