$15 minimum wage is the ‘right floor’: Rep. Ro Khanna
House Armed Services Committee member Ro Khanna argues the current minimum wage of $7.25 is not something Americans can survive on and a hike would improve productivity in the workforce.
Progressives Friday pushed for a $15 minimum wage, saying Democrats owe their constituents a living wage this year, and if they don't deliver, it could cost them at the ballot box in 2022.
"We need to pass a $15 minimum wage by the end of the year, [and] it has to be part of must-pass legislation," said Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif.
Khanna organized a press call Friday with many progressive Democratic lawmakers, union leaders and activists who demanded the $15 minimum wage despite setbacks earlier this year.
The wage increase passed the House in February as part of the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, but the minimum wage provision was stripped out in the Senate due to parliamentary rules and lack of support from moderate Democrats.
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"The time is now," said Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich. "We have control of the House, the Senate [and] the presidency. My residents are tired of waiting. They cannot wait any longer for livable wages."