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Building on Success in CA, Rep. Chu Votes to Raise Federal Minimum Wage

July 18, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC — Today, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) voted for the first increase in the federal minimum wage in ten years by passing H.R. 582, the Raise the Wage Act. The Raise the Wage Act would gradually increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, and ensure more workers are lifted out of poverty. California is already on schedule to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by January 1, 2023. Rep. Chu issued the following statement:

“The federal minimum wage hasn’t been raised in 10 years, even as the economy has grown and prices have risen, meaning that workers who work hard as many as six or seven days a week are still struggling to pay their bills, or even stay in their homes. Many worry about their ability to provide healthcare for themselves or their children, or even afford college to give their children a chance at a better life. That is simply wrong. Work should earn a decent wage. That is what this bill today will ensure, while also guaranteeing that tipped workers, youth workers, and workers with disabilities will make the full federal minimum wage. Already in California, we have been raising the minimum wage and our whole economy has been better off for it. Raising the minimum wage will also help close the wage gap that holds women and minorities back. It’s time we take care of our workers.”