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 Sanders2020 Democrats join striking McDonald's workers Billionaire's M gift to Morehouse grads points way to student debt solution Poll: Nearly half of Clinton's former supporters back Biden 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.