Rep. Lawson Votes to Pass Raise the Wage Act, Increasing Pay for Up to 33 Million American Workers
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) voted to pass the Raise the Wage Act, landmark legislation to gradually increase the federal minimum wage to $15 over six years. According to independent economic analysis, the bill would increase pay for up to 33 million American workers, including approximately 128,900 workers in Florida’s Fifth Congressional District.
“For millions of people across the country, working 40 hours or more a week is not enough to support themselves and their families,” Rep. Lawson said. “After more than a decade without an increase in the federal minimum wage, the longest stretch in U.S. history, hard-working Floridians earning the federal minimum wage have suffered an almost 20 percent pay cut due to inflation. The Raise the Wage Act will restore the value of work in our economy and lift struggling workers and their families out of poverty.”
According to the Congressional Budget Office’s review of a similar proposal the Raise the Wage Act would lift 1.3 million Americans out of poverty, including 600,000 children.
The Raise the Wage Act of 2019 would:
- Gradually raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 over the next six years, lifting millions of workers out of poverty, stimulating local economies, and restoring the value of minimum wage;
- Index future increases in the federal minimum wage to median wage growth to ensure the value of minimum wage does not once again erode over time;
- Guarantee tipped workers, youth workers, and workers with disabilities are paid at least the full federal minimum wage by phasing out the subminimum wages that allow these workers to be paid below $7.25 an hour.