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Gabbard, Sanders, Dem Leaders Introduce Legislation to Raise Minimum Wage

May 25, 2017, 2:10 PM HST (Updated May 25, 2017, 2:13 PM)
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U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. Courtesy photo.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D, HI-02) stood with Sen. Bernie Sanders and Democratic leaders from the House and Senate to introduce the Raise the Wage Act today, Thursday, May 25.

The legislation would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024 and index the minimum wage to the median wage growth thereafter.

It has been 10 years since legislation was enacted increasing the federal minimum wage.

When adjusted for inflation, about 40% of today’s workers earn less than the minimum wage in 1968.

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The Raise the Wage Act would give more than 41 million low-wage workers a raise, increasing the wages of almost 30% of the U.S. workforce.

“In my home state of Hawaiʻi, and across the country, far too many people are working one or two full-time minimum wage jobs, living in poverty and barely scraping by,” said Rep. Gabbard. “The federal minimum wage has fallen far behind inflation and has actually lost value over time, meaning working families are making less while paying more just to make ends meet. The federal minimum wage has stagnated for the last 10 years—it is long overdue for Congress to do the right thing for hardworking Americans and raise the minimum wage.”

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has supported legislation to raise the federal minimum wage throughout her time in Congress, and is an original cosponsor of the legislation introduced today to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. She has also cosponsored legislation such as the Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R.1869) to address wage discrimination across the United States.

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