2021-03-01 10:45:30

Will Congress Raise The Minimum Wage?


Sonali Kolhatkar speaks with Kate Kahan about the potential minimum wage raise.

In spite of the Congressional Budget Office showing the positive economic impacts of raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough on Thursday rejected the raise from the Covid relief bill that is being considered by Congress.

If Democrats want to use a simple majority in the Senate via a “budget reconciliation” process, they cannot now include a federal minimum wage raise in the $1.9 trillion law. Senate Budget Committee chair Bernie Sanders was livid saying he would find another way, including raising taxes on major corporations that don’t pay their workers a living wage. The current federal minimum wage is a paltry $7.25 an hour.

Kate Kahan, Legislative and Advocacy Director at Community Change.

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