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The House of Representatives passed legislation Thursday that would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025.

“The measure would gradually hike the U.S. pay floor to $15 by 2025, then index further hikes to median wage growth,” as CNBC noted. “It would also phase out lower minimum wage paid to tipped workers.”

If the bill became the law, it would represent the first federal minimum wage hike since 2009, when the minimum hourly pay went up to $7.25.

The legislation passed in a largely party-line vote, 231-199.

But three Republicans did break ranks and join with their Democratic colleagues in voting “yes” on the “Raise the Wage Act.”

Those three Republicans were Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Francis Rooney of Florida and Chris Smith of New Jersey, per CNN’s Haley Byrd.

Six Democrats, meanwhile, voted “no” on the bill.

“This is an historic day,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California said on the House floor Thursday before the chamber voted, according to The Washington Post.

“Today we wake up for a day of jubilation because of the sense of fairness this legislation engenders. We wake up with a smile on our face, showing the world with all the love in our hearts, and that love in our hearts is about fairness for the American people,” she added.

Democratic Rep. Bobby Scott of Virginia, who introduced the legislation, expressed similar sentiments.

“I commend my colleagues for taking this important step towards creating an economy that works for everyone,” Scott said in a statement.

“Now, Senate Republicans must decide to either stand with American workers or turn their backs on hardworking people across the country,” he added.

But it’s highly unlikely that will happen.

As The Post pointed out, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has said the upper chamber does not plan to take up the legislation.

Even if it did, the bill would face an uphill battle, considering Republicans hold 53 seats in the Senate, compared to 47 senators who caucus with Democrats.

Most House Democrats supported the legislation despite the Congressional Budget Office reporting earlier this month that while raising the minimum wage to $15/hour would lift 1.3 million people out of poverty, it would also cost $1.3 million people their jobs and “reduce business income and raise prices.”

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10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. LM

    July 18, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    Yeah lets F up the economy. Lets do way with small businesses for good. Lets pay some lazy fat fuck 15 bucks an hour to play on his phone and give bad customer service. Great idea

  2. Art LaPella

    July 19, 2019 at 12:01 am

    “$1.3 million people” is a typo that obscures an important statistic.

  3. Shawn Dollar

    July 19, 2019 at 1:02 am

    This shit joke will never pass the senate and it shouldn’t lazy people who don’t try should not make even close to what the hard working bust their asses to make FACT want more pay get a better paying job and bust your ass to make it

  4. mike dar

    July 19, 2019 at 4:51 am

    1.3 million people out of poverty, it would also cost $1.3 million people their jobs and because all the Public workers have their wages set to Min Wage, directly or indirectily in COntracts… the 30 million Public jobs including direct government workers get the sam raise.
    Those Public jobs are paid for by taxation on all workers… so the public workers will be paying 1/3 the costs… the private workers 2/3rds because there are >< 7,0000$ less per year.
    These numbers are variable of course… but not where the publics get 14,500$ dollars more… that is locked in, locked in is the raise is paid via taxation.
    Now you know why 90%+ of all demonstrators at 'wage protests' are not hamburger flippers making minimum wage but are government workers already making way way over minimum wage.
    With the fact the bulk of Public workers are Unionized and Dems get the Union vote, now you know why Min. Wage. is a political issue, where Politicians/GOVERNMENT WORKERS are pushing the raise.
    Wages are already increasing for the 'hamburger flipper/1.3 million… now the Dems want 3$ an hour from everyone's paycheck to go to GOVERNMENT WORKERS.
    This used to be called "Wage Controls", now it is nothing but bribery for votes in an economy already increasing wages beyond 'Min. Wage'..
    The cart is leading the Horse/economy and with the loss of $7000 dollars less a year in net nets private workers will buy far fewer Hamburgers from Hamburger flippers but Government workers will continue to buy Hamburgers from Hamburger flippers and perhaps a little more often.
    The economy slows.. but only government workers are NOT AFFECTED.

  5. Richard Hullfish Sr.

    July 19, 2019 at 8:39 am

    Wast of time Pelosi try’s it again. She will have to find another way of fucking the people. Keep playing games with the people and you will go down in the swamp. Your already covered with shit.

  6. photog

    July 19, 2019 at 9:23 am

    Watch the jobs go away and watch the cost of living go up. Small businesses can’t sustain the increase in labor costs and maintain the same level of employment for their workers. The only good thing out of this will be employers will be more selective about who they hire and who they maintain on their employment rolls. Those who are lazy, uneducated, and do not want to do a good job for their employer will find themselves unemployed.

  7. Big Montana

    July 19, 2019 at 10:10 am

    Idiots!

  8. Frank Campo

    July 19, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    Not 3 Republicans. It’s 3 RINOs.

  9. Wes

    July 19, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    “Democrats supported the legislation despite the Congressional Budget Office reporting earlier this month that while raising the minimum wage to $15/hour would lift 1.3 million people out of poverty, it would also cost $1.3 million people their jobs and “reduce business income and raise prices.”
    So what does this tell you about the Democrats?
    First, they aren’t really interested in employment opportunities for untrained workers or that many entry level employees will lose their current jobs.
    Second, they don’t care about the national debt they are placing on future generations. We already owe more money than can ever be repaid and future generations are going to be taxed to death over the interest rates on the debt.
    So who is impressed with their rhetoric? Only poor people who think this will improve their standard of living but don’t realize the consequences listed above.

  10. Joe

    July 19, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    If people make $15 per hour shouldn’t that result in lower taxes? Lower income should need less government subsidies like food stamps and other programs thereby reducing taxes.
    Teens working will be more able to afford college, They will have more income to buy things stimulating the economy and creating more jobs replacing those lost.

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