Sarbanes Votes to Raise Wages for Millions of American Workers

Raise the Wage Act Would Gradually Increase the Federal Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour by 2025
July 18, 2019
CONTACT: Daniel Jacobs
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass the Raise the Wage Act (H.R. 582), a bill that would boost paychecks for more than 33 million Americans by steadily increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025.

“Today, House Democrats delivered on our promise to lift up American workers by advancing a well-deserved and long-overdue pay raise,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “The Raise the Wage Act will not only increase pay for millions of Americans – including 84,500 Marylanders in the Third Congressional District – but also help lift more than 1.3 million Americans out of poverty.”

Additional provisions of the Raise the Wage Act include:

  • Indexing future federal minimum wage increases to median wage growth, which will ensure that the value of the minimum wage no longer decays over time;
  • Guaranteeing that tipped workers are paid at least the full federal minimum wage by phasing out the subminimum wage – without eliminating tips;
  • Making sure that teen workers are paid at least the full federal minimum wage by phasing out the rarely used subminimum wage for youth workers; and
  • Ending subminimum wage certificates for workers with disabilities, which will provide more opportunities for workers with disabilities to be competitively employed and to participate more fully in our communities.

For more information about the Raise the Wage Act, see here.