Raise the Wage Act Information

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After more than a decade with no increase in the federal minimum wage - the longest period in U.S. history - there is now no place in America where a full-time worker making the federal minimum wage can afford rent, food, and other essentials. 

The Raise the Wage Act (H.R. 603) will give millions of Americans a long-overdue raise and lift struggling workers and their families out of poverty.

The Raise the Wage Act of 2021 would:

  • Gradually raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 by 2025;
  • 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 are paid at least the full federal minimum wage by phasing out the subminimum wage for tipped workers, which will ensure decent, consistent pay without eliminating tips;
  • Guarantee teen workers are paid at least the full federal minimum wage by phasing out the rarely used subminimum wage for youth workers; and
  • End subminimum wage certificates for workers with disabilities to provide opportunities for workers with disabilities to be competitively employed and participate more fully in their communities.

Key Documents

General Fact Sheet

Section by Section

Bill Text

Related Media

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