House Democrats vote to #RaiseTheWage
House Democrats kept another campaign promise today when they passed the Raise The Wage Act. The bill would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour, raising incomes for nearly 40 million working Americans.
Trump, who has failed to deliver on his own promise to raise wages, is now actively blocking a raise for 40 million people by threatening to veto the bill.
Senate Majority Leader McConnell—the self-proclaimed “grim reaper” of progress—has blocked every single piece of House legislation that would help American families, from bills ensuring women are paid equally for equal work to battling corruption to ending gun violence. Don’t let him get away with it again.
Share this gif to hold McConnell accountable and demand a Senate vote on the Raise the Wage Act:
- Raising the minimum wage would boost incomes for 40 million working Americans, including 33% of Latinx workers and 38% of African Americans workers.
- Families need a raise: It’s been more than a decade since Congress raised the minimum wage, and working families are in serious need. In no state, county, or city in the country, can a person working full-time earning the minimum wage afford to rent a two-bedroom apartment.
- So do women and people of color: Raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour will also have a huge positive impact for women and people of color, “who are doing the work that is important to the modern U.S. economy, but they aren’t at the present being fairly compensated for that work.”
- Voters want it: Americans strongly support raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour and made it clear in 2018 that they want their elected officials to stand up for working families—not the rich and powerful.
- Republican obstruction: Trump already threatened to veto the Raise the Wage Act. Meanwhile, House Democrats have already passed nine bills to help small businesses. If McConnell and his colleagues are serious about helping working Americans—as they often pretend to be—they will hold votes on these bills immediately.
Trump’s racism is a dangerous distraction
Trump’s racist, abhorrent attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) are despicable and dangerous, as is Republicans’ refusal to condemn them.
We can’t let Trump’s racism and vitriol distract us from the damage he’s doing to our health care and wallets or his imprisonment of migrant children and families at the border. We can’t let him distract us from the proactive ways that many of our elected officials are helping working Americans.
But we also can’t let him get away with this dangerous hatred. As Omar tweeted today: