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The House Just Passed a $15 Minimum Wage Bill. It Could Help Dems in 2020

Posted On: Jul 18, 2019   |   Posted By: Fortune

The U.S. House approved legislation that would more than double the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, fulfilling a campaign promise of Democrats who control the chamber and intend to capitalize on the pro-worker issue again in 2020.
The legislation that passed on a 231-199 vote would boost the nation's $7.25-an-hour wage floor to $15 by 2025 and then automatically adjust it going forward. This bill has no chance to advance in the GOP-led Senate, but leading 2020 Democratic presidential contenders have highlighted the need to boost pay through a higher minimum wage and other policy changes.
“We must never stop fighting to honor the dignity of work,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi said before the vote. “American workers deserve a raise. No one can live with dignity on a $7.25 an hour wage.”
House Democrats are eager to focus on policy issues after a week rattled by offensive statements from President Donald Trump attacking a group of progressive freshmen Democrat. House leaders were able to assuage the concerns of...

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