The federal minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25 for ten years. That's $290 a week, $15,000 a year. In that time, the cost of living has continued to climb, leaving millions of families working harder than ever, but falling behind.

We can do better. The Raise the Wage Act of 2019 would benefit over a quarter of the workforce: 40 million workers and their families. The act would:

     •  Raise the federal minimum wage to $8.55 this year and increase it over the next five years until it reaches $15 an hour in 2024;

     • After 2024, adjust the minimum wage each year to keep pace with growth in the typical worker's wages;

     • Phase out the subminimum wage for tipped workers (frozen at $2.13 since 1991);

     • Sunset the ability of employers to pay workers with disabilities a subminimum wage; and,

     • Phase out the subminimum wage for workers under the age of 20.