Raise the Wage Act Information
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.