WASHINGTON, D.C. (KETK) – A long-fought for piece of legislation for liberal Democrats clear the House of Representatives today when they voted to raise the minimum federal wage to $15 an hour by 2025.
The bill passed 231-199 on mostly party lines. Six Democrats voted against it while three Republicans supported the measure.
Senator McConnell (R-KY) has already said that the Senate will not consider such a bill as long as he is the majority leader. The White House has also threatened to veto the bill.
McConnell said the raise would “depress the economy at a time of economic boom.”
However, Democrats see it as essential for the future to pull low-wage workers out of poverty.
“I commend my colleagues for taking this important step towards creating an economy that works for everyone,” said Rep. Bobby Scott, a Virginia Democrat who introduced the legislation, in a statement. “Now, Senate Republicans must decide to either stand with American workers or turn their backs on hardworking people across the country.”
The raise is a gradual rise until 2025. Here is how it stacks up:
- 2019: $8.40
- 2020: $9.50
- 2021: $10.60
- 2022: $11.70
- 2023: $12.80
- 2024: $13.90
- 2025: $15.00