WASHINGTON— Today, the House of Representatives voted to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 by 2025. The legislation will give approximately 33 million Americans a raise, lift 1.6 million people out of poverty, and phase-out the subminimum wages for tipped workers, teens, and individuals with disabilities.
“While Republicans gave massive tax breaks to billionaires, CEOs, and giant corporations with their GOP Tax Scam; Democrats are investing in America’s workers, putting money back in their pockets, and giving them the pay raise they need to live a life of dignity,” said Rep. Grijalva. “Approximately 155,000 workers in Arizona’s Third Congressional District will receive a pay raise, and provide workers them with the wages they need to thrive.”
“Throughout my time in Congress, I’ve made the concerns of working families the centerpiece of my work,” continued Rep. Grijalva. “After years of calling for a $15 minimum wage, I’m proud the Democratic Party has united around the notion that anyone working 40 hours a week deserves a wage that keeps them out of poverty.”
As a former Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Rep. Grijalva introduced the original bill to increase the minimum wage to $15 in 2015 the Representative Keith Ellison and Senator Bernie Sanders. Since 2013 and he has led efforts to fight for a living wage including holding forums on the impact of low wages and has joining workers across the country calling for $15 minimum wage.
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