Bernie Sanders by Gage Skidmore is licensed under flickr Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)
That level would be more than double the current rate of $7.25 an hour, which was approved in 2007 and set in place two years later.
“Let’s be clear: The $7.25 an hour federal minimum wage is a starvation wage,” said incoming Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders(I-Vt.).
“No person in America can make it on $8, $10 or $12 an hour."
The House approved the same legislation in 2019, but it languished in the GOP-controlled Senate.
Even with the Senate under narrow Democratic control, however, its prospects appear slim. The Senate cannot pass a minimum wage increase without the support of 10 Republicans to break a filibuster.
President Biden included the policy in his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan, but the minimum wage element is among the most controversial and precarious of its provisions. Biden has sought bipartisan support for the bill, but Democrats have threatened to advance it along party lines using budget reconciliation, a procedure that sidesteps the filibuster.
Help FAIRtax Become The Number One Issue in 2021
Enacting the FAIRtax must be a prominent topic in these times. We did it before, we can do it again, but we need your help!