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Democrats back bill for $15 minimum wage, draw battles lines ahead of 2020 election

July 19, 2019
In The News

House Democrats passed a bill this week to double the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, but Americans who work for low wages shouldn’t count on extra cash in their paychecks anytime soon.

The largely symbolic vote was meant to highlight the yawning gap between the two parties and draw battle lines ahead of what’s shaping up to be one of the most bitterly contested presidential elections in history. Nearly all Republicans opposed the increase.

“The federal minimum wage has been stagnant for too long,” said Suzanne Bonamici, a Democrat from Oregon whose district includes Portland.