Dem Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Increase Minimum Wage To $15 by 2025

Democratic lawmakers are coming together to introduce a bill to increase the federal minimum wage in the U.S. to $15 per hour by 2025.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who has pushed for increasing the minimum wage during his runs for president in 2016 and 2020, is among the other lawmakers introducing the legislation, “Raise the Wage Act of 2021.” They are seeking to gradually raise the federal minimum wage.

“Let’s be clear. The $7.25 an hour federal minimum wage is a starvation wage,” Sanders said in a statement.

The Vermont senator added:

“No person in America can make it on $8, $10, or $12 an hour. In the United States of America a job must lift workers out of poverty, not keep them in it. […] We can no longer tolerate millions of workers not being able to afford to feed their families or pay the rent. The time for talk is over. No more excuses.”

The minimum wage has not been increased since 2009, according to The Guardian.

The effort is also by Reps. Robert “Bobby” Scott (D-Va.), Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), Stephanie Murphy (D- Fl.), and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.).

According to the Economic Policy Institute, gradually raising the minimum wage by 2025 would affect 32 million workers.

Murray said in a statement:

“Democrats are asking for $15 an hour, because no one working 40 hours a week, should be making $15,000 a year. If we’re committed to an economy that works for everyone, we need one fair, livable wage for everyone — and that includes workers with disabilities, tipped workers and youth workers. We won’t accept carve-outs and we won’t accept leaving anyone behind.”

“Not long ago, people said a $15 minimum wage was unthinkable. But a grassroots movement refused to take no for an answer,” Sanders wrote on Twitter on Friday.

He seemed to praise President Joe Biden’s order seeking to raise the minimum wage for federal employees and contractors to $15 per hour, but added, “Now, Congress must pass a $15 living wage for ALL workers.”

Top Democrats such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) also backed the push to increase the federal minimum wage.

Pelosi said in a statement that by re-introducing the legislation, “which passed on a bipartisan basis in the previous Congress, the Democratic Congress is taking another strong and long-needed step to honor the dignity, dedication and contributions of millions of hard-working Americans.”

She added, “This legislation is a key part of Democrats’ commitment to not only recover from these crises, but to Build Back Better — and to do so in a way that advances justice, prosperity and equality for all Americans.”

The House of Representatives passed legislation in July of 2019 to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025.

Schumer also said in a statement, “I am happy to move forward with this group to make it happen and give the American people a raise.”

Responses

  1. The minimum wage (at least in the private sector) never changes. It is ZERO. Any employee who isn’t returning value in excess of the cost of employment (including all taxes) won’t be employed long term. Many minimum-wage employees (or low-wage employees in general) are in fields which don’t lend themselves to higher return, or are in learning situations (e.g., high school students working part time and learning skills and work ethic). The result is going to be fewer jobs, fewer hours for those who keep employment, employers going out of business, and automation of low skill jobs (think self service kiosks and checkout lines).
    The real concern here is higher rated jobs which unions have forced to be keyed to increases in the minimum wage, and they’re pushing their political lackeys to give them the bonanza they think they’ve bought when they bought the election.
    Far better if our concern is actually the needs of workers raising families is expansion of the Earned Incomed Tax Credit program, which supplements the wages of such workers without generating devastating effects on business.

    1. Some people, such as Dave, will list the standard excuses to NOT pay people a living wage. Some people moan about desperate people having to rely on social support services just to survive, but, at the same time, they fight against higher wages that would reduce the need for government support. Ya can’t have it both ways. If people earned more, our whole economy would improve, but nope. Ya gotta keep people below you down, right, Dave? Of course you do.

      This country won’t improve with people like Dave messing with it.

  2. If you take of point in time, we can say how many of us fall below the “official” povertyline. That number accounts for 10-11%, for LAST year. 34 million. But if you poll the whole population, that’s when you find out that 3 out of four of us have experienced poverty at least once in their lifetimes.

    The US poverty rate is about double that of the closest similar countries. Why is that? It is a result of everything that our society AS A WHOLE to cause it. There have been many IJR members blame the individual, but they NEVER blamed the systems that make this possible.

    The latest dysfunctional regime made it even MORE difficult for us to move up the economic ladder. We are happy to spend a trillion dollars per year dealing with the FALLOUT from people being poor, sure, but we refuse to deal with the CAUSES of poverty. That’s where this country gets things deadly wrong.

  3. translation: We can’t get people off of unemployment because it pays more than min wage… OK, solution… raise the min wage above the government handout… but…but….but… what ever

    1. Unemployeement was paying a lot more than min wage. I knew several who would not go back to work because they made a lot more unemployed.

      But when they raise it at least I would have to bother tipping any longer.

  4. Before anyone complains, raising the minimum wage by about $2 per annum works, so let’s see more details. Doubling the rate instantly won’t fly, but a steady increase is doable.

    1. Now problem. By then automation will replace many of the low paying no skill jobs.

      Meanwhile a lot of small business will simply cut staff.

      By tell them the real reason… uh nion pay scales are tied to the minimum wage.

      So start killing the union jobs… and send the work overseas.

      1. I have never seen a union worker make less that $18/hr… and thats the low end… at the top many get over $50/hr…. they don’t work very hard either… cause ? they are in the union…

        1. Why are union jobs headed offshore at increasing rates, no matter who’s in the White House? Corrupt unions forcing labor costs higher and higher so they get their vigorish.

      2. “By then automation will replace many of the low paying no skill jobs.” Robert

        Right, which is why we need to seriously figure out how we as a society must deal with fallout from so much automation, including UBI.

        1. Just say it – “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need”. The Marxist mantra that is going to start reverberating through Congress and the uber-liberal mainstream media.

          1. Shut up, Dave. What a waste of breath. Your stupid, disingenuous, anti-socialist / anti-communist mantra doesn’t work anymore, buddy.

          2. By jove, Dave, I think you’ve riled up the Confused one. Although I prefer the handle of “sniper”. He appears to live for this site and more often than not perpetuates the liberal battle cry of hate for anyone who isn’t in lock step with his/her lopsided opinion.

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