Sen. Bernie Sanders has asked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to immediately allow debate on a bill to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.
The Raise the Wage Act is co-sponsored by 32 members of the Senate, would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024. The current minimum wage of $7.25 an hour has been in place since 2009.
“Millions of Americans are sick and tired of working longer hours for lower wages while almost half of all new income goes to the top one percent,” Sanders wrote.
Earlier this week, at Walmart’s annual shareholders’ meeting, Sanders called on the retail giant to follow Amazon and Disney, which have already raised the hourly wage for all workers to at least $15 an hour.
“Workers across America have experienced 40 years of wage stagnation and roughly 40 percent of Americans cannot afford a $400 emergency,” said Sanders. “The Raise the Wage Act would give more than 40 million low-wage workers a raise.”
You can read the letter here.