Monday, March 11, 2019

Bill Raising Federal Minimum Wage to $15 Heads to U.S. House Floor

A bill to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 an hour has cleared a legislative hurdle that sets it up for a vote by the House of Representatives in the coming weeks, reports NPR News.

The House Committee on Education and Labor on Wednesday voted 28-20 along party lines in favor of the bill. It would raise the federal hourly minimum to $15 by 2024 and also phase out the so-called "subminimum" wages for tipped workers, young workers and workers with disabilities.

In other words, it is a heavy-duty raise unemployment bill.

The Raise the Wage Act was introduced by committee chairman  Bobby Scott (D-VA). It does not appear to have the votes to pass the Republican-controlled Senate.

Props to Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) who said the bill would result in "significant job losses for hourly workers around the country" and would "hammer" small businesses by increasing the cost of labor. She called the legislation "blatantly socialist" and said it was "at best a foolish policy proposal. At worst, it's an intentionally dishonest political stunt."

According to NPR, more than 190 Democrats have signed onto Scott's bill in the House, which the party controls. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer's office said he will bring the Raise the Wage Act to the House floor for a vote in the coming weeks.

Here are a few ideas on how you can smash supporters of the minimum wage.


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