Bobby Scott Aims to Raise the Minimum Wage to $15
Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA) is slated to introduce legislation on Wednesday aimed at gradually raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024. As Chair of the House Committee on Education and Labor, Scott wants the minimum wage indexed to match the changes to the median wage starting in 2025. The Raise the Minimum Wage Act would also gradually eliminate provisions allowing tipped workers to be paid less than the minimum wage. Fellow Committee members Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) and Congressman Mark Pocan (D-WI) joined Scott in a Dear Colleague letter arguing, “By gradually increasing pay for millions of workers, Congress can raise living standards and lift millions of Americans out of poverty.” Advocates say the measure would provide a sizable boost for women and people of color in the workforce, and ultimately increase economic growth. The lawmakers estimate that once a $15 an hour minimum wage is fully phased in, it would result in an annual pay increase of $3,500 for the average affected worker, including workers making just above $15 an hour whose employers will likely increase their wages to remain competitive. Some critics of the legislation argue that substantially increasing the minimum wage will stunt job growth and put a strain on small business. The federal minimum wage for covered nonexempt employees of $7.25 per hour has not changed since July of 2009.
ADVISORY: Top Democrats Introduce Bill Gradually Raising Minimum Wage to $15 by 2024
WASHINGTON – This week, Wednesday, January 16th at 2 p.m., Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, will be joined by House and Senate leadership to unveil the Raise the Wage Act. The Raise the Wage Act would gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2024 and give roughly 40 million Americans a raise.
WHO: Congressman Bobby Scott, Chairman, Committee on Education and Labor
Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer
Senator Bernie Sanders
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer
Senator Patty Murray, Ranking Member, Senate HELP Committee
Congressman Mark Pocan
Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy
WHAT: A press event to unveil the Raise the Wage Act.
WHEN: Wednesday January 16th at 2 p.m. EST
WHERE: Rayburn Room, H-207
United States Capitol
RSVP: Media interested in participating should RSVP to EdLaborPress@mail.house.gov.