House Democrats approved legislation Thursday to raise the federal minimum wage for the first time in a decade, to $15 an hour, transforming an issue that once splintered the party into a benchmark for the 2020 election.
"The federal minimum wage should be increased, but a solution that works in New York City or Los Angeles doesn't work for Utah", said McAdams, the lone Democrat in Utah's delegation.
The idea of a $15 hourly wage, "somehow that's an out-of-the-mainstream thought?" he said. After that, the federal minimum wage would be pegged to median wages.
"Good intentions are no excuse for imposing bad policy", said Rachel Greszler with the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. "In reality, it will eliminate jobs and decrease incomes for workers with the fewest skills and least experience". -Sen. Bernie SandersRecalling how his original bill proposing a $15 federal minimum wage, first introduced in 2015, was at the time dismissed as an "impossible dream", Sanders in a statement thanked "a strong grassroots movement led by millions of fast food workers and the SEIU" for securing passage of the Raise the Wage Act of 2019-introduced by Rep. Mark Pocan, the Democrat from Wisconsin who co-chairs the Congressional Progressive Caucus.More news: Man Charged With Cutting Off Alleged Love Rival's Penis
Sara Jayaraman, president of the Restaurant Opportunities Center United, group founded with displaced workers from the World Trade Center after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, said boosting the tipped wages in particular, for waiters and other tipped workers, was a milestone.
About 1.7 million people, or about 2.1% of all hourly paid workers, earned at or below the federal minimum wage a year ago, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
It would make more sense if people with incomes above the poverty line simply wrote a $7.7 billion dollar check for those with incomes below. "Many corporations have come out in favor, or at least they're not opposing the minimum wage because the minimum wage has been shown to stimulate the economy so much that the corporations will do well", Scott said.More news: U.S. Warship Destroys Iranian Drone in the Strait of Hormuz
If the Majority Leader wants to defend starvation wages to the people of Kentucky, that is his right.
The US Chamber of Commerce has said it's willing to meet in the middle on some higher minimum wage, but that $15 is out of the question. It also found that 71 percent believe the minimum wage should be adjusted based on cost of living in different parts of the country. "Can you?", she said.
McCarthy said the Democrats passed the bill to "deliver on an unpopular partisan pledge".
The Senate is unlikely to take up the Raise the Wage Act as it stands now.More news: 'Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD' Ending After Season 7