The debate over a $15 minimum wage
With millions around the country calling for a $15 minimum wage, small business owners fear their businesses will be crippled while minimum wage workers have hope for better days ahead.
Sen. Bernie Sanders called out a pair of Delaware Democrats for opposing his longtime effort to raise the federal minimum wage.
The Vermont Independent took to Twitter on Friday to praise the state of Delaware for advancing $15 minimum wage legislation and said now the state's U.S. senators should "pay attention" and follow suit on the federal level.
Sens. Chris Coons and Tom Carper broke with the majority of Democrats in March by voting against Sanders' $15 minimum wage proposal to be included in the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill.
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"Congratulations to the Delaware State Senate for voting to increase the state minimum wage to $15 an hour," Sanders tweeted. "Hopefully, Delaware's two U.S. senators will pay attention and help us raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. Americans can no longer work for starvation wages."
Type of media: Tweet
Tweet URL: https://twitter.com/SenSanders/status/1385717060701982721
Delaware's Senate approved a bill in March to gradually raise the minimum wage from $9.25 to $15 an hour by the year 2025. The legislation now sits in the Delaware House.
Sanders and other progressives have been trying to enact a $15 minimum wage hike on the federal level but fell short last month when the provision was stripped from the Senate coronavirus relief bill because of a parliamentary ruling.
Sanders tried to overrule that determination with a vote, but seven Democrats and one Independent voted against his effort, including the Delaware senators.