House vote was 231-199. Three Republicans – Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Francis Rooney of Florida and Chris Smith of New Jersey – joined most Democrats to support the action. Six Democrats – including Anthony Brindisi in New York, Joe Cunningham in South Carolina, Kendra Horn of Oklahoma, Ben McAdams in Utah, Kurt Schrader of Oregon and Xochitl Torres Small of New Mexico – opposed it.
The bill was a priority for progressive and gives a victory to a movement that was taken almost seven years to get that far. But in its current form, the bill does not have much support from the Republican side.
The Wage Act would lead to the federal minimum wage gradually rising from $ 7.25 to $ 1
5 in 2025. After that year, the course will be indexed to the median hourly wage of all workers.
House Democrats initiated the process of submitting a bill in March, but struggled to receive support from more moderate members. In recent weeks, party leaders have made some important concessions to get enough legislators on board. They increased the submission time from five to six years and gave a demand that the government study the economic effect of the bill after it was in force, which gave the Congress the opportunity to make adjustments in the future.
When fast food workers began to protest a lot in 2012 for higher pay, a $ 15 salary seemed too ambitious. But since then, some cities and states have increased their local minimum wages to $ 15 an hour on their own – including Seattle, San Francisco, New York, and then all of California and New York. Companies like McDonalds and Walmart stopped lobbying to raise the federal minimum wage and Amazon adopted a minimum of $ 15 last year.
About 1.7 million people, or about 2.1% of all hourly paid workers, earned at or below the federal minimum wage by year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
By a large majority, Republicans have not expressed support for the bill, worried that raising wages to $ 15 would result in lost jobs being lost. White House Financial Advisor Larry Kudlow said in November that he does not believe the minimum wage is a good idea at all, which has doubts that President Donald Trump would sign it.
A study by Congress's budget office published last week considered that legislation would increase the wages of 27 million people and lead to 1.3 million fewer jobs or 0.8% of total employment.
The American Chamber of Commerce has said it is willing to face in the middle of a certain higher minimum wage, but that $ 15 is excluded.