Rep. Al GreenAl GreenHouse Dems ask Fed to consider diverse candidates to fill Richmond vacancy GOP makes case for firing consumer bureau chief Dem claims, without evidence, that some Trump dossier allegations are true MORE (D-Texas) has introduced a bill that would hike the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to about $13 per hour under current poverty guidelines.
Green's bill would require the minimum wage to be increased every four years so that anyone working full-time could earn an annual income that's at least 15 percent more than the federal poverty threshold for a family of four. Green said his measure would establish a realistic wage that could feasibly allow people to support their families.
Green noted that a full-time worker earning the current minimum wage of $7.25 makes $15,080 per year. That's below the federal poverty threshold of $23,850 for a family of four.
"This means that this full-time minimum-wage worker cannot support his/her family above the poverty threshold without some assistance," Green said.
Legislation to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour has stalled in the Senate. House Republicans remain opposed to any hike in the minimum wage, citing a Congressional Budget Office report that raising the wage to $10.10 would cost 500,000 jobs.