House passes long-sought $15 minimum wage legislation

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) holds a news conference Wednesday on Capitol Hill. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) holds a news conference Wednesday on Capitol Hill. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

House Democrats voted Thursday to lift the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, delivering on a long-standing liberal priority that has become a rallying cry for 2020 Democratic presidential contenders.

The bill, which passed 231-199, would raise the minimum wage gradually from its current level of $7.25 an hour…

The “Fight for $15” has become a potent political push on the left, but bringing it to fruition on the floor of the House took months of maneuvering as some moderates voiced concerns about the impacts on small businesses or in rural areas where pay scales are lower than in larger metropolitan areas. Ultimately, the slower phase-in…

Source: House passes long-sought $15 minimum wage legislation

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