If the U.S. Senate passes the Raise the Wage Act and President Trump signs it into law, the Raise the Wage Act would boost low-income working families by raising the federal minimum wage to $15 over the next six years and then indexing it so it continues to rise with wages overall.
We applaud the U.S. House of Representatives for standing up for low-wage workers and families by passing the Raise the Wage Act, which would boost the paychecks of millions of moms and help lift families out of poverty. Today’s action was long overdue. Congress has not increased the minimum wage in more than a decade while corporations have raked in huge profits. Millions of working families are struggling to cover their basic needs and are without the economic security they need and deserve.
By raising the federal minimum wage and phasing out unjust exclusions for tipped workers, this bill would help families put food on the table, afford high-quality childcare and pay for the health care they need. It would boost wages for women, and especially women of color, who disproportionately hold minimum-wage and tipped jobs. In doing so, it would help fight damaging wage gaps. — Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner