Sanders to introduce bill that would raise federal minimum wage to $15

Sanders to introduce bill that would raise federal minimum wage to $15

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPoll: Biden leads 2020 Democratic field by 15 points, followed by Sanders and Warren Warren introduces bill to cancel student loan debt for millions Democrats, advocacy groups urge Pompeo to abolish new 'unalienable rights' commission MORE (I-Vt.) said Monday he will introduce a bill this week that would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

In a Twitter post, Sanders said the current rate of $7.25 per hour is “a starvation wage” and that he intends to change it.

“If you work 40 hours a week, you should not live in poverty,” Sanders tweeted.

Sanders introduced similar legislation in 2017. That bill, as well as the forthcoming one, called for the federal minimum wage to gradually increase to $15 an hour by 2024 in an effort to lessen the impact on the overall economy.

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His previous attempt to raise the federal minimum wage stalled in Congress, and the measure has little chance of passing the GOP-controlled Senate.

Last year Sanders called on Amazon to boost its minimum wage to $15 per hour, a step the company ultimately took.

The federal minimum wage has been $7.25 an hour since 2009.

Sanders would likely make workers' wages a key component of his campaign if he were to launch another White House bid.