24 Senate Democrats Introduce Minimum Wage Bill

At present, the federal minimum wage is only $7.25 per hour. Some politicians claim that such wages are adequate, but how many people in the U.S. Congress have tried to survive with such a small amount of money?

Through the recession and the economic doldrums afterwards, Wall Street has come out looking good. Big investors got big bailouts, and now the Dow Jones Industrials Average is at record high levels.

That money isn’t trickling down, however. For working Americans, wages have been stagnant. Corporations and wealthy Americans are hoarding their money. Low wage levels haven’t brought about job growth. They’ve kept workers vulnerable.

Yesterday, 25 Senators (24 Democrats and one independent) introduced S. 460, a bill that would, at long last, increase the federal minimum wage. The senators who have sponsored the bill are:

Sen. Thomas Harkin (Democrat-IA)
Sen. Tammy Baldwin (Democrat-WI)
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (Democrat-CT)
Sen. Barbara Boxer (Democrat-CA)
Sen. Sherrod Brown (Democrat-OH)
Sen. Robert Casey (Democrat-PA)
Sen. William Cowan (Democrat-MA)
Sen. Richard Durbin (Democrat-IL)
Sen. Alan Franken (Democrat-MN)
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (Democrat-NY)
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Democrat-MN)
Sen. Frank Lautenberg (Democrat-NJ)
Sen. Patrick Leahy (Democrat-VT)
Sen. Carl Levin (Democrat-MI)
Sen. Jeff Merkley (Democrat-OR)
Sen. Barbara Mikulski (Democrat-MD)
Sen. Christopher Murphy (Democrat-CT)
Sen. Patty Murray (Democrat-WA)
Sen. John Reed (Democrat-RI)
Sen. John Rockefeller (Democrat-WV)
Sen. Bernard Sanders (Independent-VT)
Sen. Charles Schumer (Democrat-NY)
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (Democrat-MI)
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Democrat-MA)
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (Democrat-RI)
Sen. Ron Wyden (Democrat-OR)

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