WH: Biden Is ‘Firmly Committed’ To Raising Minimum Wage To $15

The Biden administration is standing firm that President Joe Biden would like to see the federal minimum wage increased, as a report was released revealing it would cut 1.4 million jobs.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters during Monday’s White House press briefing, “The president remains firmly committed to raising the minimum wage to $15.”

“He believes any American who is working a full-time job, trying to make ends meet, should not be at the poverty level,” Psaki added. “It’s important to him that the minimum wage is raised.”

Watch Psaki’s comments below:

Psaki’s remarks follow days after Biden indicated he did not believe raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour would be in his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package. The federal minimum wage is currently at $7.25 per hour.

“My guess is it will not be in it. But I do think that we should have a minimum wage, stand by itself, $15 an hour,” Biden said during a CBS News interview.

He also said, “No one should work 40 hours a week and live below the poverty wage. And if you’re making less than $15 an hour, you’re living below the poverty wage.”

Biden’s proposal of raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour by June of 2025 would cut 1.4 million jobs, according to the Congressional Budget Office. It would also increase the U.S. deficit by $54 billion over a 10 year period. Raising the minimum wage would reduce poverty.

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  1. That would kill small businesses. Most would bring I’m family to work. Not good idea Biden. A $15/hr would reduce to $0.00

  2. These are the moronsthe Democrats put in office.

    NH Dem to Small Biz: If You Can’t Afford Paid Sick Leave, Maybe You Should Close
    Posted to Politics February 07, 2021
    by Christopher Maidment

    A Democrat state representative told the House Labor Committee small businesses that can’t afford a proposed sick-leave mandate shouldn’t be in business in the first place.

    Rep. Michael Cahill (D-Newmarket) made the comment during the February 4 House Labor Committee hearing on House Bill 590. It would require extensive and broad-based employer-funded leave for all employees, both full and part-time.

    David Juvet of the Business and Industry Association told the committee the proposal would cause a death spiral among small businesses. “Passing this type of legislation which would create extraordinary costs on the part of some businesses may be the tipping point that would put them out of business,” Juvet said.

    “Businesses large and small understand the importance of a paid sick leave benefit,” Juvet testified, opposing the bill. “The businesses that are not providing it are not doing so because they don’t recognize the importance of it; they’re doing so because they don’t have the financial resources to offer such a benefit.”

    In response, Cahill said, “Maybe if you can’t afford to provide for your employees, then you really can’t afford a business.”

    Advocates for New Hampshire small businesses expressed their dismay with the Democrat’s comment.

    “Disappointing,” said Bruce Berke with the National Federation of Independent Businesses in New Hampshire. “Rep. Cahill and I have worked together on legislation in the past. I know he appreciates the different pressures there are for business owners.”

    Andrew Cline of the free-market Josiah Bartlett Center quipped, “Maybe legislators who are so hostile to business shouldn’t be put on the Labor, Industrial, and Rehabilitative Services Committee.

    “I think paid sick time is a good benefit,” Cline added. “But having a part-time job at a small business without paid sick time is better than having no job because the small business closed on account of unaffordable government mandates.”

  3. In answer to Xiden: why is it that you and every Dumbocrap and Socialist don’t know that in order to give away OUR tax money, you will have to TAKE more money from US? Have you idiots ever heard of inflation? When people earn more, stores and services charge more. Great! Even more of OUR money.
    And how about our military heroes? Are their wages going to be less than the new minimum wage, because it’s already pretty close. In fact, many military families qualify for public assistance because wages are so low. Choice: flip burgers or go to foreign wars? How about all the supervisors and managers and small business owners? Do they get more money? Most franchise owners (like fast food) only make a 10% profit. For them, the answer to higher wages is to automate. How about Wal-Mart? Now you check out and bag yourself because they never have enough registers open. Each self checkout station has 8+ registers and there are several stations in every store. Here’s the breakdown. With 8 registers, you need 8 cashiers for every shift. That’s 24 employees. With every 8 self check out, only 1 staff member is used per shift. That’s 3 employees. Net loss 21 staff members. Great plan. And most employers, especially small businesses like restaurants, cut employee hours to avoid paying benefits. Another great plan. How about people like EMTs? They start at about $15/Hr. Should they flip burgers rather than save lives? Nope, raises for everyone else too. Typical Dumbocrap idea.

  4. If a political agenda excludes legitimately addressing poverty, it is regressive, not progressive.Something to consider: Not all can work and viable jobs aren’t available for all. The US began shutting down/shipping out (“outsourcing”) jobs as far back as he 1980s. Democrats ended relief (welfare aid) for those left jobless in the 1990s. The US lost well over 6 million mfg. jobs alone since 2000. In other words, job losses had long surpassed job gains.Then came the pandemic,businesses going under by the day. Joe Biden, a decades-long conservative Dem Party insider, is not going to legitimately address this crisis. As much as the Democrat Party has exploited and perverted that word, there is nothing politically progressive about the Biden administration.

  5. The PROGRESSIVE Caucus did what they were elected to do – fight for US! Hopefully, an inflation-based annual adjustment gets included, too.

    progressives.house.gov/press-releases?ID=31EC8131-CAEE-4318-831B-E2605B3322A7

    1. Which “us”are you? I haven’t seen them do any fighting. They just pander to the more fortunate, the middle class. On those key policies, they have been to the political right of former Republicans presidents Reagan, Nixon and certainly, Eisenhower.

      1. The Democrat majority in the House is 10 votes. There are now 10 Justice Democrats. They used their power to get the $15 minimum wage issue this far. If it wasn’t for real progressives, this would not have happened.

    2. Great. Hope all those waiters and waitresses can live now that they won’t be getting tips any longer.

    1. The unions are pushing for it. Their contracts are tied to the minimum wager. They could care less about the low pay workers. Although with the idiot Biden killing jobs, a lot of them will be on the unemployment line soon enough.

      Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union, recently appeared on MSNBC to announce her organization’s solidarity with striking fast-food employees. As part of the segment, she indicated her organization’s strong support for a $15 minimum wage.

      Henry was quick to emphasize that her organization’s support of a more-than-twofold increase in the minimum wage was “not about growing unions.”

      This may be true — but it’s also undeniable that such a move would have a profound impact on growing union paychecks, even if those unions don’t count a single minimum-wage employee in their ranks.

      The fine print can be found in union contracts. Each year, the Department of Labor’s Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) releases a number of union collective bargaining agreements (CBAs).

      Unsurprisingly, many CBAs available in the OLMS database link union salaries and wage rates to the federal minimum wage. There are a number of methods that unions use to accomplish this end. The two most popular appear to be setting baseline union wages as a percentage above the minimum wage, and mandating a flat wage at a set level above the minimum wage.

    1. That’s a decision made by Congress, not the president. But that said: The US is a “free market” capitalist country. Businesses are not social service agencies. Their focus has always been on minimizing expenditures (wages, etc.), maximizing profits. That’s how capitalism works. Wages will be raised if it becomes necessary to do so, in order to get enough qualified workers. That’s not necessary today. With their sense of entitlement, today’s middle class act shocked that they are subject to the very economic ideology and policies that they have long demanded. No matter. They can sit on their couches and whine, or they can do what generations before them did — get on their feet and actually fight or it. Pickets, strikes, whatever it takes.

  6. When he gets the wages raised, more stores like Kroger will be shuttering more stores, poverty will expand exponentially over the USA, then the people will revolt and re-elect President Trump to get the USA back on track.

      1. The Old “Red States” agreement. It’s those that think they will get a windfall when they make the changes. You think those states don’t have the entry level jobs that will be gone if it passes?

        Who passed it?

        California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York have also passed state laws to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour. So when did they go “RED”?

        Bright move there Creepy Uncle Job…

        Raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour — a proposal supported by President Joe Biden — would result in the loss of 1.4 million jobs, but would bring nearly 1 million people out of poverty over the next four years, a government study released Monday found.

        The study, conducted by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), also found that increasing the minimum wage would raise the cumulative budget deficit from 2021 to 2023 by $54 billion and would drive inflation, resulting in higher prices for goods and services.

        The GOOD NEWS is you’re now longer considered to be in poverty. The BAD NEWS is you no longer have a job.

        Many businesses might not be able to make the pay-hike mandate work without laying off employees or not hiring them in the first place. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that a $15 minimum wage would reduce payrolls by 1.3 million workers, squeezing the country’s overall employment level by 1 percent and the number of low-wage jobs by 7 percent. Those job losses would be concentrated among the people who want but cannot get anything other than very low-wage jobs in the first place, meaning teenagers and other younger workers, women, Black and Latino workers, and immigrants.

        “It’s a slam-dunk case that a $15 minimum wage would be devastating to low-wage workers in much of the country, even after the economy has fully recovered from the pandemic recession,” Michael Strain, an economist at the right-of-center American Enterprise Institute, has argued.

        1. Florida is a very red state. Arizona has been red since 1952. Missouri is a solid red state, too. All of them have firmly passed minimum wage increase ballot measures in recent elections. When given the option, deprived people of all types WILL vote for higher minimum wages.

    1. Neither has this idiot..

      A Democrat state representative told the House Labor Committee small businesses that can’t afford a proposed sick-leave mandate shouldn’t be in business in the first place.

      Rep. Michael Cahill (D-Newmarket) made the comment during the February 4 House Labor Committee hearing on House Bill 590. It would require extensive and broad-based employer-funded leave for all employees, both full and part-time.

      1. Robert: that only means that we have to catch up to the rest of the civilized world. We have a LOT of catching up to do, apparently. 😉

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