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Rep. Courtney Votes to Pass Raise the Wage Act, Increasing Pay for Up to 33 Million American Workers

July 18, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02), a senior member of the House Education and Labor Committee, voted to pass the Raise the Wage Act (H.R. 582), landmark legislation to gradually increase the federal minimum wage to $15 over six years. According to independent analysis by the Economic Policy Institute, the bill would increase pay for up to 33 million American workers, including more than 94,000 workers in Connecticut’s 2nd Congressional District based on the state’s current $10.10 minimum wage. Rep. Courtney was an original co-sponsor of the Raise the Wage Act, which passed the House by a vote of 231-199.

“American workers have gone for more than a decade without a raise in the federal minimum wage,” said Congressman Courtney. “At a pitiful $7.25 an hour, the current federal minimum wage fails to reflect the true cost of living across the United States. Connecticut has already helped lead the way in raising income for working families as Governor Lamont signed a gradual $15 minimum wage into law earlier this year. I’m proud that the House voted today to follow suit, and to finally raise the minimum wage for workers across the country.”

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 across the United States 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 allow these workers to be paid below the federal minimum wage.