Press Conference

Sanders, Scott, Murray, Ellison to Introduce $15 Minimum Wage

Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017 Time: 12:15 PM Location: United States Capitol, Washington, DC 20016 S-211 LBJ Room


WASHINGTON- Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), Ranking Member, Committee on Education and the Workforce, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and Congressman Keith Ellison (MN-05) will hold a press conference to announce their the Raise the Wage Act of 2017. This legislation will raise the minimum wage nationwide incrementally from the current level of $7.25 to $15.00 an hour by 2024, and index the minimum wage to the median wage starting in 2025.

For millions of people across the country, working 40 hours or more a week is not enough to pay the bills, support their families, and achieve economic mobility. People who work hard and play by the rules should not have to live in poverty, but sadly, that is the reality for many people working in jobs paying the federal minimum wage.


Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Ranking Member, Senate Budget Committee          

Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), Ranking Member, House Education & the Workforce Committee

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer

House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member, Senate HELP Committee

Congressman Keith Ellison (MN-05)

Michael Lastoria, CEO of &pizza

Raj Nayak, the National Employment Law Project

Heidi Shierholz, the Economic Policy Institute

WHAT:        Introduction of the Raise the Wage Act of 2017


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