House passes bill to hike the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour

CNBC | July 18, 2019

House passes bill to hike the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour
The House passed a bill Thursday to hike the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour in a win for liberal activists who have long pushed to give low wage workers a raise. The Democratic held chamber passed the plan in a 231 199 vote. Six Democrats opposed it, while three Republicans supported it. The measure would gradually hike the U.S. pay floor to $15 by 2025, then index further hikes to median wage growth. It would also phase out lower minimum wage paid to tipped workers.

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