Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said he – along with other members of Congress – plans to introduce a bill in Congress this week that would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour.
The bill is expected to come as the government shutdown enters its fourth week – eclipsing the record for the longest lapse in federal funding over the weekend – as many federal workers go unpaid.
The article goes on to state the following:
Raising the minimum wage sparks a range of opinions on Capitol Hill – from whether it should be raised at all to whose job it should be to do so. Such a bill is unlikely to make significant headway because, even though Democrats took control of the House of Representatives during the 2018 midterm elections, Republicans maintain control in the Senate.
The federal minimum wage of $7.25 is a starvation wage. That is why I, along with many other members of Congress, will introduce laws this week to raise that wage to $15 an hour. If you work 40 hours a week, you should not live in poverty.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) January 14, 2019
— JimMacKayOnAir (@JimMacKayOnAir) January 14, 2019
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