Rep. Susie Lee Helps Pass Raise the Wage Act, Increasing Wages for over 500,000 Nevada Workers

July 18, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Susie Lee (NV-03) voted to pass the Raise the Wage Act, landmark legislation to gradually increase the federal minimum wage to $15 over six years.According to independent economic analysis, the bill would increase pay for up to 33 million American workers, including over 125,000 workers in Nevada’s third district. 

 

Rep. Lee released the following statement:

 

“Ensuring that every worker can earn a fair wage is key to helping every American succeed, but right now, too many people working full-time still can’t make ends meet. In the last decade, the cost of basic things like groceries and rent have all gone up but the one thing that has barely budged is the federal minimum wage. In NV-03, 125,000 workers will benefit from raising the minimum wage, which helps our families, community, and economy reach its full potential. I supported and voted for the Raise the Wage Act because a gradual minimum wage increase to $15 is what southern Nevada needs.”

After more than 10 years without an increase in the federal minimum wage--the longest stretch in history--low-wage workers have suffered a 17 percent pay cut due to inflation. There is no place in America where a full-time worker making the federal minimum wage can afford the basic necessities for themselves and their families. 

 

The Raise the Wage Act would:

 

  • Gradually raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 over the next six years, lifting millions of workers out of poverty, stimulating local economies, and restoring the value of minimum wage;

  • Index future increases in the federal minimum wage to median wage growth to ensure the value of minimum wage does not once again erode over time. 

  • Guarantee tipped workers, youth workers, and workers with disabilities are paid at least the full federal minimum wage by phasing out the subminimum wages that currently result in these workers to be paid below $7.25 an hour. 

 

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